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A Farewell to Arms

Passini and the priest both abhor the war, and they both allude to a ruling class that makes war and to the officers that support it. Their opinions differ, however, in regard to why wars continue....

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One motif, a recurring structure that furthers the development of theme, is that of "Illusions and Fantasies." This motif occurs in the relationship of Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley, who...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2012, 5:56 am (UTC)

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The fact that Catherine will die in childbirth is foreshadowed well before the reader gets to the final chapters of the novel. But Hemingway was wise to include this foreshadowing because the...

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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.

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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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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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A Farewell to Arms is based on Ernest Hemingway’s own experiences in the Italian army in World War I. The primary setting for the book is Italy. The setting is important in an autobiographical...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2012, 11:54 am (UTC)

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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...

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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...

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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...

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While the backgrounds are different, there are a number of thematic elements that, though different, have similar meaning because they overlap or relate to each other. In Hemingway's A Farewell...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2011, 5:20 am (UTC)

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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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In Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, the only area I can imagine where one might logically look for a "biological trap" is in the relationship between Catherine and Frederic. Literally, this...

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Further Summaries: *Book III Frederic Henry returns to the front where the morale is low. The massive Italian retreat from the town of Caporetto when the German and Austrian forces began moving...

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After being hit during a bombardment, Henry loses a kneecap. When he is transferred to Milan where he will have an operation, Catherine Barkley arrives at the hospital. Henry holds her tightly...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011, 9:24 am (UTC)

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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...

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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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A Farewell to Arms is viewed primarily as a war novel or as a love story, Hemingway's Romeo and Juliet, but religion plays a very significant role in it. A good thesis, and one that would be easily...

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In Chapter XXIII of Book II, it is the night that Frederic Henry must return to the front, so he sends the porter to reserve a seat for him on the train which will leave at midnight. When Frederic...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2012, 11:06 pm (UTC)

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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway was published in 1929 and is set during World War I. Although some critics have argued that the work is autobiographical, resembling Hemingway's slightly...

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Expanding on one of the excellent suggestions above, symbolism is frequently used by the Modernists, such as Hemingway, and this novel is replete with such a literary device. So, charting the use...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2011, 1:51 pm (UTC)

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Catherine seems to me to be a brave but psychologically conflicted character, akin to the narrator's wife in Garden of Eden. There is a moment in Farewell where Catherine offers a glimpse into the...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2013, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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This is an interesting question. On its face, it seems to be misleading in terms of the events in the novel, but a closer examination suggests some deeper truth. The word "salvage" is significant...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2011, 4:14 am (UTC)

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To understand this quote, you first have to know that a panacea is a "cure-all," something that can cure any problem that a person (or in this case, a country) faces. In this quote, Hemingway is...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2011, 11:46 pm (UTC)

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The relationship between Henry and Catherine is challenged by two forces, primarily - war and temporary psychosis - both of which represent an unsettled world in which the pair cannot find a safe...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2012, 1:31 am (UTC)

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This question has already been asked and answered on eNotes. Here is a link for you: http://www.enotes.com/a-farewell-to-arms/q-and-a/define-symbolism-farewall-arms-230013

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011, 11:07 am (UTC)

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The principal character who feels pulled in conflicting directions by his desires and obligations is the protagonist and narrator, Frederic Henry. As an American in the Italian army as an ambulance...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2015, 9:53 pm (UTC)

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Ernest Hemingway's novel features both internal and external conflicts that pertain both to personal issues and the war. Frederic is seeking a meaningful vocation—which he hopes to find in the...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019, 4:42 am (UTC)

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It is hard to prove from the novel that there is nothing worse than war, since this would require that you discuss all the other things that are bad in life, but that is a point about the way your...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2011, 4:47 am (UTC)

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Social sabotage is a prevailing theme in both A Farewell to Arms and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Both Huck and Jim run from a civilization attempting to control them; likewise, Frederic...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2014, 2:31 am (UTC)

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I think that one specific thematic comparison between Twain and Hemingway would be in how both of them reject institutional constructions of identity in favor of a more individualistic idea of...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2014, 12:07 pm (UTC)

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In “foreshadowing,” the author provides clues or hints in an early section of the work that point to significant events that will be presented later in the work. The events are often of the same...

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Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms is about war, but it is also about a man (Frederic Henry) who re-evaluates what he is doing in a war that he really doesn't support—these are not his people. When he...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011, 4:05 am (UTC)

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Throughout A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway uses water in varied forms as a symbol of personal transformation, which is one of the novel’s major themes. In particular, he makes numerous...

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Catherine and Henry of A Farewell to Arms play an elaborate game of seduction, an illusion that sustains them against the reality of war. In Chapter 4 when Henry first attempts to kiss her,...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2011, 6:35 am (UTC)

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The novel's conclusion is truly heart wrenching. Frederic waits and watches helplessly as Catherine suffers in childbirth, and then he experiences the death of their baby and finally, Catherine's...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2011, 7:06 am (UTC)

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If I were writing this piece, I would probably make a general statement about the authors first. Then I would provide my thesis to show the focus of my paper. I don't believe that your thesis is...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011, 11:07 am (UTC)

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If we see the novel as a dramatizing of a love affair beset by the shifting realities of war, we can identify the novel as a commentary on a cultural change from a world where people were capable...

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[eNotes editors are only permitted to answer one question per posting. If you have additional questions, please post them separately.] As is often the case with the comparison of stories, there are...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011, 1:08 pm (UTC)

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Did your teacher give you a layout or example as to their expectations for the response journal? For instance, I require two columns: the left is a quote from the text with the page number and the...

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The retreat because German and Austrian forces began moving against them in October, 1917. The Italians have lost their spirit and the German and Austrian forces are stronger at this point.

Latest answer posted March 19, 2007, 5:49 am (UTC)

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Look out for any mention of hair or beards. As weird as that sounds, this is symbolic for isolation/insulation from the world outside. Also, pay attention to the riding crop that Catherine...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2009, 3:03 am (UTC)

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Passini, one of the Italian ambulance drivers, is against the war. He speaks out against it to Frederick because he believes that there "is nothing as bad as war." Passini notes that, because he is...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2020, 1:14 pm (UTC)

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Interesting choice of texts to compare. You might want to analyse the concept of individualism in both of these texts and explore how this theme is presented. For example, Hemmingway's novel...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2011, 9:48 pm (UTC)

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Frederic's future seems bleak, yet we have reason to wonder whether he will be one of the people who grows stronger where he has been broken or one of the people defeated by life. Having survived...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2013, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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