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

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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 characters do a great deal of drinking. For Hemingway's men drinking represents loving, living, and laughing; that is, tasting of life. Nevertheless, it does not befit the Hemingway hero to drink too much, for then he loses control.

That drinking represents deriving the most from life that is left to him is exemplified in Frederic Henry's drinking with his...

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