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What is the main theme of A Farewell To Arms?

One of the themes of A Farewell to Arms is the inexorable path of fate. It is fate that first throws Catherine, a British nurse, and Frederic, an American serving in the Italian army, together....

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019 5:25 pm UTC

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What is the authorial purpose in A Farewell to Arms?

Hemingway strove for realism in all his stories. He believed people to be little more than animals in many respects. As a lifelong hunter, he respected the intelligence of animals and viewed...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 10:28 pm UTC

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Which characters die in A Farewell To Arms, and how do they die? 

Passini dies in a blast. Frederic, the narrator sees "the star-shells go up and burst and float whitely and rockets going up and [hears] the bombs." When he gets loose and comes to his senses he...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2019 6:06 pm UTC

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What is the language and style of writing used in A Farewell to Arms?

Ernest Hemingway's prose style is often considered straightforward. He avoided what is called "purple prose," giving the reader only as much description as needed and keeping dialogue tight and...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2020 11:44 am UTC

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What is the conflict in A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway?

Critics generally agree that assigning a clear conflict in A Farewell to Arms, a title which has a double--even a triple--meaning, is problematic. Henry's conflicts all stem from an essential...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011 1:26 pm UTC

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Analyze the character "the priest" in the novel A Farewell to Arms.

The unnamed priest in A Farewell to Arms is an important character in that he helps Frederic Henry make sense of his experiences at the front line. Lt. Henry has made an existential choice in his...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2018 5:34 pm UTC

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In A Farewell to Arms, what are some existential quotations or scenes?

In Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms the idea of existentialism is often thrown around. Existentialism basically operates under the belief that there is no inherent meaning in life, but that one must...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 4:02 pm UTC

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How important is the setting in A Farewell to Arms?

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway was first published in 1929. It is set during World War I and reflects the events of the war as seen through the eyes of Frederic Henry, a young American...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2018 12:09 am UTC

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Should A Farewell to Arms be considered an anti-war novel?

Do not most novel's set in wartime send an anti-war message? It seems that only historians or biographers glorify war. Because they record the human experience with all its pathos, most literary...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011 2:02 pm UTC

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Define symbolism in A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

Much symbolism in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms relates to the tragic love story of Frederic Henry, an ambulance driver for the Italian army and Catherine Barkley. his English nurse after...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2011 4:17 pm UTC

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Why is Frederic Henry in the Italian Army in the novel A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway?

Frederic's an idealist. As a quintessential Hemingway hero, he wants to prove himself as a man, and he figures that the best place to do this is on the field of battle. Participating in World War I...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018 9:46 am UTC

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What is the relationship between love and pain in A Farewell to Arms?  

Love and pain are shown to be different aspects of the same problem, which is the catastrophe of war. War causes the physical pain of Henry's wound, of course, and it is to care for the wounded...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2020 12:12 pm UTC

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Who is the antagonist in A Farewell to Arms? Does the antagonist require Lt. Henry to look at himself in a profound...

Most usually in fiction an antagonist is a human character who opposes or works against the protagonist; however, sometimes an antagonist can be an entity, such as an organization or some type of...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2011 5:35 pm UTC

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What sets the tone in A Farewell To Arms?

Hemingway sets the tone of the novel in the very first chapter. Hemingway’s style is direct and focuses mainly on concrete details and facts, which contributes to the overall tone of the novel....

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020 5:31 pm UTC

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In A Farewell to Arms, does Lieutenant Henry really love Catherine?

In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, Frederic Henry’s developing ability to love Catherine in particular—and any woman in general—is part of his maturing process. Frederic’s move away from reckless...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020 8:33 am UTC

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What is the climax in a A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway?

The climax, or high point of interest of suspense, in Hemingway's novel is the point at which Frederic Henry says his "farewell to arms" by deserting. Ironically, in Chapter XXIX, when the...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2013 8:20 am UTC

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How does Hemingway use the "Iceberg Theory" in A Farewell to Arms? Provide citation from the book for evidence.

"Iceberg theory" refers to Hemingway’s notion that stories could be made stronger by omitting key pieces of information. In Hemingway’s view, the writer should have a complete understanding of his...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2018 11:39 am UTC

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What is the symbolism of the ants that are consumed by fire as Henry turns the burning log?

In Chapter 41, the final chapter, Henry remembers seeing ants on a burning log right after he hears the devastating news that his child has been delivered stillborn. He meditates on the...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 2:47 pm UTC

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How does Henry Frederic's conversation with Rinaldi show Henry's changing views concerning the war, women, and the...

From the beginning of Hemingway's narrative, Henry has viewed the military efforts with ironic detachment. In Chapter Vii Henry narrates, Well, I knew I would not be killed. Not in this war. it...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2013 6:15 am UTC

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What is the main theme in A Farewell to Arms?

Numerous themes are developed in the novel, each contributing to Hemingway's examination of man's essential condition, one of profound spiritual loneliness. Through Frederic, and to a lesser degree...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2011 9:36 am UTC

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how is a farewell to arms a tragedy genre? I'm having a little problem here. My essay question is to justify whether...

According to Aristotle's Poetics, a “Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament,...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2010 11:30 pm UTC

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Please discuss the tone (or tones) of Ernest Hemingway's novel A Farewell to Arms.

The tones of Ernest Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms are various, and they tend to change as one moves through the book. Often the tones of the early chapters are light-hearted, as in the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011 2:25 am UTC

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Hemingway's fiction celebrates a specific type of manhood. What kind of man does A Farewell to Arms celebrate, and...

A Farewell To Arms celebrates the archetypal Hemingway hero, one who is stoic in the face of adversity, independent to the point of rebellion, self-confident in carriage and demeanor, physically...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2015 9:50 pm UTC

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In A Farewell to Arms, what does Lt. Henry mean when he says, "Only the names of places had dignity"?

In Chapter XXVII of "A Farewell to Arms," as he converses with Gino who "was born a patriot," Henry becomes embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice and the expression in vain. We...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2009 2:59 am UTC

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How can this sentence about A Farewell to Arms be restated? "Instead, it is a tragic love story whose farewell is...

I believe that the title "A Farewell to Arms" does not allude to any female "arms" but to the weapons of war. Frederick becomes disillusioned with war at the same time he falls in love with...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2014 11:07 pm UTC

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For Hemingway, man's greatest achievement is showing "grace under pressure"; thus grace under pressure is a repeated...

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Latest answer posted May 27, 2015 2:07 pm UTC

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What does this quote mean? "When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice. You wish to serve." Is...

This quote is getting at the nature of different kinds of love. At the time of this quote (chapter 11) the main character, Frederic Henry is wounded and in the hospital. His priest-friend comes to...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2012 12:28 pm UTC

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In A Farewell to Arms, how does Frederic's conversation with Rinaldi show his changing views concerning the war,...

Chapter 10 is a more complex chapter than it seems to be and it can be argued that the chapter indicates no change in Frederic Henry's views at all. What do we know and what does Chapter 10 show?...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2013 2:23 pm UTC

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In reference to Chapter XXV of A Farewell to Arms, what role does Rinaldi play in the novel? Some examples of various...

When he appears in the novel, Rinaldi functions as a literary foil, his characteristics contrasting and emphasizing Frederic's identity and personal traits. This is seen clearly in Chapter XXV when...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2011 5:40 am UTC

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What is the climax in Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms?

The climax comes when Henry escapes after he and Piani approach the Tagliamento River in the full swell of the Italian retreat. The Germans had reinforced the Austrian troops, and the Italians...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011 7:03 pm UTC

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What are the roles of intoxicant drinks in A Farewell to Arms?

The Italians have long had an expression, Amare, vivere e ridere, "Love, live, and laugh," that conveys their attitude toward life. In A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway's novel set in Italy, the male...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013 6:54 am UTC

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What is the tone, purpose, and message in the last chapter of A Farewell to Arms? What specific devices does...

The final chapter of Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms functions as the concluding segment of the narrative (bringing the plot to a close) and as an exposition of the novel's themes. The prose is...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2015 5:29 pm UTC

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What is the main similarity in themes between A Farwell to Arms and A Catcher in the Rye?

The main thematic similarity in these books--which have very different kinds of themes, such as war versus idealized nature--are those of alienation and loneliness in Salinger's The Catcher in...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2011 8:06 am UTC

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What influenced Ernest Hemingway's work A Farewell to Arms?

Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms was actually very much inspired by his own life experiences during World War I. Hemingway was denied enlistment into the army due to poor vision, so he became...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2015 6:35 am UTC

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How does the author of A Farewell to Arms show the character's loss of faith in the war effort?

Frederic loses faith in the war in various places rather than as a single revelation. Working on the ambulance in contact with the wounded and dying sharpens his awareness of the limited effects of...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 6:17 pm UTC

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Which are the two types of hero and heroine about whom Hemingway usually writes in his novels? What influenced him to...

Arguably there is much of the artist in the art when it comes to Hemingway as, for instance, his hero Nick Adams is quite autobiographical. Untypically, Catherine of A Farewell to Arms displays...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2015 8:03 pm UTC

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In A Farewell to Arms, what is Lt. Henry's job in the Italian army and how does he treat the men under his command?

Frederic Henry serves as an officer in the Italian army, stationed near the Italian front in World War I. He is in charge of a fleet of ten ambulances that pick up the wounded, remove them from the...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2011 7:02 am UTC

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In A Farewell to Arms, how are Frederic, Henry, and Count Greffi alike, despite their age difference?

In Chapter XXXV of the novel, Frederic Henry encounters Count Greffi for a second time and spends time with the old gentleman playing billiards. The conversation between Frederic and...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2011 5:45 pm UTC

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What other titles did Hemingway consider for A Farewell to Arms?

Two titles Hemingway considered before settling on A Farewell to Arms are The World’s Room and They Who Get Shot. See the web page link below for more information.

Latest answer posted September 26, 2007 3:40 am UTC

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What is the impact of war on religion in Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms?"

Ernest Hemingway was raised a Congregationalist, and the independence inherent in that religion stayed with him throughout his life. What didn't appear to have stayed with him was the theological...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2013 7:11 pm UTC

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What is the conflict in A Farewell to Arms and what are examples of why the conflict exists?

In a novel of this type the conflict usually involves two opposing military powers. The characters, such as Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley, are little people caught up in a gigantic conflict....

Latest answer posted July 27, 2014 7:14 am UTC

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On pages 50-51, in Chapter 9 of Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, there is a passage, how to understand a world...

In Chapter 9 of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, Lt. Frederic Henry, the idealistic young American ambulance driver serving in Italy during World War I, learns a valuable lesson regarding the...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2014 12:55 am UTC

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What are the similarities between Frederic Henry from A Farewell to Arms and Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the...

These characters have something in common in their narratives. Both Holden and Jake spend time "on the run" for several days, dealing with harsh conditions. Also, both of these characters seek an...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2013 5:32 pm UTC

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In A Farewell to Arms, is Catherine Barkley a round, dynamic, or static character?

There is a bit of confusion in your question in this respect. A round character can be either static or dynamic in a work of literature. A round character is a character who is well developed, but...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010 10:22 pm UTC

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How is the priest in A Farewell to Arms a code hero?

A code hero, or a Hemingway hero, is an archetypal character that crops up regularly in Hemingway's work. Even people who have never actually read any Hemingway have a good idea of what his stock...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2017 8:33 am UTC

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What is a good thesis statement to explain the use of sybolism throughout the novel?

Thesis statements can be challenging to write, so brainstorming in advance will be very helpful! Let's look at two steps to get you started on a thesis for this paper. First, think about the...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2018 3:23 am UTC

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In A Farewell to Arms, how is Catherine Barkley a code hero?

Hemingway’s “Code Hero” followed a specific code of behavior that was inherently masculine. Hemingway’s heroes usually appear very indifferent, due largely to the generational disillusionment felt...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 10:59 pm UTC

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Explain what makes the central character of A Farewell to Arms dynamic?

What makes Frederic Henry a dynamic character is that, over the course of the novel, he lives and learns, changes and grows until, at long last, he achieves the kind of maturity previously only...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019 10:25 am UTC

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What does the word "arms" imply?

The word "arms" in the title of the book could be explained in a couple of different ways. First, the text does take place during World War I, with Frederic Henry, the protagonist, serving as a...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 1:12 pm UTC

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What is the rising action in Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms?

The rising action structurally follows the Introduction, which is when the central characters, Catherine and Frederic Henry, meet and unfold their relationship to each other along with the...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011 7:54 pm UTC

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