Essay PreviewMore ↓
This book is about an american named Frederic Henry. He has joined the Italian army and serves as an ambulance driver. His roommate and best friend, Rinaldi, is fond of a British nurse, Catherine Barkley, who works at a nearby British hospital. Henry visits the hospital with Rinaldi and finds Catherine very attractive. Rinaldi notices the attraction between them and leaves them alone. At first Henry just wants a physical relationship with Catherine. She realises it and indirectly explains that she does not approve of it. She has lost her husband during the war and are afraid of being abandoned once again. Nevertheless Henry manages to convince Catherine that he loves her.
An approaching offensive dispatches Frederic Henry back to the front. While he is sitting with his men in a dugout eating, a trench mortar shell suddenly explodes and blasts open the shelter. Many men are killed and Henry’s both legs are severly wounded. At first he is taken to a field hospital where he meets Rinaldi. A few days later he is transfered to an american hospital in Milan.
How to Cite this Page
"A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway." 123HelpMe.com. 17 Jan 2019
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- In the novel A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway expresses love and relationships in many forms. The role of love moves the plot forward in the novel. The first example of love is shown when Henry dreams of Catherine in his sleep and talks aloud about her, “ You’re so lovely and sweet. You wouldn’t go away in the night, would you. Of course I wouldn’t go away. I’m always here. I come whenever you want me.” (Hemingway, 197- 198). When Henry is dreaming about Catherine it shows that he misses her when he is away fighting in the war.... [tags: Marriage, Love, Ernest Hemingway]
1338 words (3.8 pages)
- A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway about an American ambulance driver in Italy during World War I, and the nurse, Catherine Barkley, with whom he falls in love. The story is narrated by his driver, named Frederic Henry. Whether or not this book is truly an anti-war novel is debatable, but it well depicts the effects an ongoing war has on soldiers and how the men try to numb this pain. Henry's close friend at the front, Rinaldi, forgets the war with the help of sex and seduction, the priest takes comfort in God, the Captain has humor and jokes about the priest, and almost all drink profusely, taking wine and brandy like water.... [tags: Farewell Arms Hemingway]
1859 words (5.3 pages)
- Ernest Hemingway and A Farewell To Arms "We did not do the things we wanted to do; we never did such things" (Hemingway 13). This single sentence voiced early in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms by the American protagonist, Lieutenant Frederic Henry, sums up the rather pessimistic and drab tone and mood presented in Hemingway's works, particularly this novel, which also reflects the pessimistic and judgmental mind housed within the author. Regardless of the unhappy circumstances and heart-breaking situations which prevail throughout the novel, A Farewell To Arms certainly deserves a place in a listing of works of high literary merit.... [tags: Farewell Arms Essays]
3202 words (9.1 pages)
- The Role of Religion in A Farewell to Arms Religion played a significant role in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. The attitudes that the character had towards the war and life were closely associated with their views on religion. Due to extreme circumstances of war, moral standards were obscure for the characters. Almost everything related to the war violated the normal code of morality, which led many to feel disenchanted. Those who viewed the war as senseless had no faith in God or religion.... [tags: Hemingway A Farewell to Arms]
1984 words (5.7 pages)
- I have read the book ”A Farewell to Arms” written by Ernest Hemingway in 1929. Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in Illinois, USA. When he was young the First World War broke out and he decided to join the Italian army as an ambulance driver. After the war he worked as a correspondent in Europe. As a correspondent he visited France, Spain and Greece, and among other things reported from the Spanish Civil War. He stayed in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. In addition to his work as a journalist he began writing books.... [tags: Hemingway Farewell Arms Book Report]
1517 words (4.3 pages)
- Imagery in A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway Imagery placed strategically through the novel A Farewell to Arms shows how well Ernest Hemingway is able to prepare the reader for events to come. Catherine Barkley, the English nurse who falls in love with Fredric Henry, an American in the Italian army, states, "I'm afraid of the rain" (125), as they stay in Milan. She goes on to explain "I'm afraid of the rain because sometimes I see me dead in it. ... And sometimes I see you dead in it" (126).... [tags: A Farewell to Arms]
3707 words (10.6 pages)
- The setting of A Farewell to Arms is Italy, where they were fighting Austria, during World War I. The story is about Frederick Henry, an American, who served as a lieutenant in the Italian army to a group of ambulance drivers. At the start of the novel, Frederick was a drunk who traveled from one house of prostitution to the next. Yet he was discontent with his unsettled lifestyle. Frederick meets Catherine Barkley an English volunteer nurse, who serves in Italy, at a near by hospital. In the first few chapters, Frederick’s life is seeing Miss Barkley, drinking with the others at his barracks, and driving the ambulance.... [tags: A Farewell to Arms Essays]
1772 words (5.1 pages)
- A Farewell to Arms as an Anti-War Novel There are indications in each of the novel’s five books that Ernest Hemingway meant A Farewell to Arms to be a testament against war. World War One was a cruel war with no winners; ”War is not won by victory” (47). Lieutenant Frederic Henry, the book’s hero and narrator, experiences the disillusionment, the hopelessness and the disaster of the war. But Henry also experiences a passionate love; a discrepancy that ironically further describes the meaninglessness and the frustration felt by the soldiers and the citizens.... [tags: Hemingway A Farewell to Arms]
907 words (2.6 pages)
- Accepting Death in Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms A Farewell To Arms is Ernest Hemingway's poignant yet simple tale of two young lovers who meet during the chaos of W.W.I and the relationship that endures until its tragic end. Frederick Henry, an American lieutenant in the Italian army, and Catherine Barkley, an English volunteer nurse, share a devout love for one another that deepens as Catherine becomes pregnant, yet their blissful relationship becomes tragically shortened as the baby and Catherine die as a result of the birth, leaving Frederick alone to accept their deaths.... [tags: Farewell Arms Essays]
701 words (2 pages)
- Dealing with Death in A Farewell to Arms "I'm afraid of the rain because sometimes I picture myself dead in it" (P 126). This is a short quotation from, A Farewell to Arms, (1929), by Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms has a very unexpected death in the end. The reader sympathizes with the main character as he matures from the beginning to the conclusion of the novel. A Farewell to Arms is a love story during World War I. The novel is centered on Lieutenant Fredric Henry, an American who has volunteered for the Italian army driving ambulances in Europe because the United States has not yet entered the war.... [tags: Farewell Arms Essays]
891 words (2.5 pages)
When Henry first arrives at the hospital the doctor is away at another clinic. Therefor Henry has to wait a couple of days for the treatment to begin. When the doctor finally arrives he and two other colleagues decide that it is best for Henry to rest six months before they perform the operation. However, Henry refuses to accept the fact that he has to stay in bed for such a long time and therefor consults another doctor. This fourth doctor declares that Henry is fit to be operated the following morning. The surgery is successful and Henry gets better.
During his recovery he spends most of his days with Catherine. At one time he goes with Catherine and some friends to the horse races. Henry and Catherine get tips from their friends and therefor manage to bid upon winning horses. However they do not win a lot of money because of the odds. So they decide to go on their intuition and put money on a horse which no one else has bet upon. It makes them feel better, even though they do not win. The episode shows that the only way to win is to take risks and that you should try to go your own way. You should follow your heart and instincts because you’re the only person who knows what makes you happy.
After a while Henry is in such condition that he can return to the front. He does so and ends up in a big retreat where he is seperated from his men. During the retreat the vehicles get stuck in the mud and because of the delay, two soldiers try to escape. In preventing their attempted escape Henry starts to shoot and kills one of the soldiers. The mud illustrates man’s inferiority and impossibility to have control over life. We are very dependent on nature and chance.
The italians are not happy about the setback and try to find someone to blame. Frederic Henry, who is lieutenant, has been seperated from his men and speaks italian with an accent, is not safe. He can easily be accused of not having control over his men, not defending the positions or of being a german infiltrator. Henry is confronted with the battle police but manages to flee before they shoot him. It becomes the definite break with the army. He returns to Catherine and together they go to Switzerland by boat. In Switzerland they are arrested, but since both have foreign passports they are eventually released.
They decide to go to Montreux where they enjoy life, have a good rest and walk in the nature. They stay in a cabin close to Montreux all the winter but in the spring they return to town, partly because the bad weather but also because it is time for Catherine to give birth to their child. The delivery drags on and Henry becomes more and more concerned. Finally the doctor informs him that it is not possible to deliver the child naturally. Catherine has to be operated and they agree of implementing a Caesarean. The doctor delivers the child but only to discover that it is dead. Furthermore Catherine has got an injury sustained during the childbirth, a hemorrhage. Her condition is very critical and both Catherine and Henry realises that she won’t survive. Henry says goodbye to his beloved wife and then leaves the hospital in the rain. Rain is a very common phenomenon in the book which occurs when something bad takes place, for instance during the retreat. Like rain, the happiness and misfortune are very unpredictable and vary swiftly.
The main character in this book is Frederic Henry. As I have mentioned before he is an american volunteer in the Italian army during the First World War. He is a rather laid back and social person who likes to drink alcohol and spend time with his friends. Henry does not value abstract qualities like honor and duty but is a quite simple man. Instead of planning and trying to decide what is going to happen he is very relaxed and act not until he is confronted with the problems. Therefor he often does whatever he wants to without considering the consequenses, you can say that he does not take life so seriously. In spite of his detachment to life he is a good man and rather well-disciplined. He is hard working, has become lieutenant and when he is injured he insists that the medical orderlies should help the most badly wounded men first.
In the beginning he does not reflect so much about life and does not try to affect it. He sees the war as an exciting experience and does not fight for a cause, a reason or patriotism but just for the princip. Because of his love to Catherine, he becomes more sceptic, aware of his situation and discovers what’s important in life. His relationship with Catherine shows that he is very passionate, stubborn and generous.
I think that this is a very good book because of the realistic descriptions. They are concise, honest, unaffected and do not include nonsense and episodes that are unessential to the story. Since everything which is not important has been left out it is very easy to follow the plot. The descriptions of the environments also are very vivid because of the precise, tangible and not at all muddled details. However the book sometimes becomes a little bit too harsh. Digressions and exaggerations are at times necessary to make the book more exciting and lively. One thing that I appreciate about this book is that it is not just revolving around the hardships and how horrible the war is like many other books in the same genre but also describes the passionate love between Henry and Catherine. The contrast between the beautiful love and the war is very striking.
I think the message in this book is that you should not take anything for granted. Henry’s happy and light-hearted life is in one night transformed into the worst nightmare. You can never know what’s going to happen and therefor you should be very humble and expect the unexpected. I also think that Hemingway declares that conceptions like glory, moral and justice are very diffuse and should not be taken so seriously. It is only conventions invented by religion and society to segregate people. “A Farewell To Arms” is, because of the realistic description of the war as brutal, meaningless and horrible, also an anti-war novel.