This section contains 564 words approx. In choosing these experiences so skillfully, Hemingway is able to communicate the bleakness of one of the most traumatic times in world history—World War I—by focusing, for instance, on a conflict between two men: when Henry shoots the fleeing engineering sergeant, his actions convey the grim reality of a world that enables him to behave in such a way. Henry walks back to the hotel alone in the rain. Citing specific examples from the text, write an essay defending your opinion. Still, the aim of the novel is not to protest war or encourage peace; it is simply to depict the hostility and violence of a universe in which such a conflict is possible. Hemingway earned the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 because of his unique writing style. Then I forgot about him.
The slow, tedious journey proves dangerous for Henry, who must plunge into a rushing river to escape being shot by the Italian army who are suspicious of his American ties. I felt him in his metal box against my chest while we drove. The doctor tells Henry that a Caesarean operation will be necessary to get the baby out and protect Catherine. After a wintertime leave spent touring the country, Lieutenant Henry returns to the captured town at the front where his unit lives. They pick up two Italian engineer-sergeants.
As Henry begins to recover, Catherine discovers that she is pregnant. At these times, Hemingway breaks away from his normal simple sentence structure to include long, flowing sentences. What kind of game is she playing? Each of the following passages from the first chapter in this story illustrate a different element of his writing style. Finally safe from the enemy, Lieutenant Henry observes that Italian army officers like himself are being shot by the military police for deserting their troops. Ernest Hemingway wrote the novel as a semi-autobiographical response to his own experiences working as a volunteer ambulance driver for the Italian Army. Henry and the three drivers abandon the ambulances and set out on foot for the Tagliamento River, across which lies safety.
Additionally, the lack of other viewpoints contributes to the immediacy of the story—Henry, as though he is perpetually too engrossed in the moment to think outside of himself, never imagines the perceptions or feelings of other characters. But it was checked and in the end only seven thousand died of it in the army. Is it fair to call A Farewell to Arms an antiwar novel? Then, as a result of multiple hemorrhages, Catherine dies as well. Find specific examples of weather symbols in the novel. On their last evening together in Milan, Henry buys a pistol, and he and Catherine take a room in a hotel. Discuss Frederic Henry as a narrator.
Would she be a more or less reliable narrator than Frederic? Catherine Barkley and Helen Ferguson are absent from the hospital, having gone on holiday to the Italian resort town of Stresa. Select four quotations from the novel which you think represent foreshadowing, and explain why you think so. She can tell that she is in danger and tells Henry that she meant to write him a letter in case anything bad should happen during the delivery but never got around to writing it. Once again, she and Lieutenant Henry declare their love for each other, after which they have sex in the hospital bed. In the end, what does the novel suggest about such comforts? How does she feel about him at this point in the story? What does this relationship suggest to the reader about the impact of the war on human values? They discuss marriage, but Catherine insists that she would rather wait rather than risk being separated from Henry. What role, if any, does humor play in the novel? This is a trait of Frederic's friend, Rinaldi: All of the above 9. On his second visit to the British hospital, they kiss.
Never before had men fought with machines and artillery capable of bringing about such annihilation. Some one probably got it at one of the dressing stations. This epidemic killed 7,000 soldiers over the past winter. They travel by rowboat to Switzerland where they spend the winter in safety as Catherine gets closer to having the baby. Henry supervises a group of Italian ambulance drivers. Frederic no longer Lieutenant Henry arrives in Milan, incognito.
How does he feel about Catherine at this point in the story? As the title suggests, A Farewell to Arms is in many ways an antiwar novel, but it would not be fair to connect this novel with a literature of pacifism or social protest. In the end, however, nothing offers lasting protection. Henry is a volunteer ambulance driver and also an American, a fact that gets him into trouble throughout the novel. Do we feel like we get a clear picture of her from Frederic? Critics have often asserted that Catherine is a one-dimensional character or a stereotype. Unlike many novels that glorify courage in battle, A Farewell to Arms attempts to give a realistic portrayal of a terrifying and, at the time of World War I, new kind of war. If not, does this impact how we feel about Frederic and Aymo? In the face of such devastation, the novel posits, victory and defeat are meaningless terms. What future event do you think Hemingway foreshadows in this chapter? The most appealing of all of these comforts is love, which Hemingway explores for its power to endow characters with a sense of security.
The following day they are arrested and briefly detained by Swiss officials, after which they are released. The major claims this is the religion of all thinking men: atheism 7. Support your answer with incidents from the story. Briefly describe these deaths and speculate on why they are so graphically presented at this point in the story. What is the significance of the riding stick she carries? A Farewell To Arms was first published in 1929 and is widely considered to be one of the most realistic novels dealing with World War I.