A Farewell Of Arms By Ernest Hemingway

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The novel, A Farewell to Arms, demonstrates how the world can cause hardship on an individual when exposed to emotions towards something through the lens of the characters and Hemingway’s life. One of the reoccurring themes throughout this book is, the individual who carries no feelings towards anything will never lose it, but once that individual catches emotion towards it it will be taken away. Hemingway incorporates this theme within his writing through Frederick and Catherine’s relationship, Fredericks feelings towards the war, and Catherine’s relationship towards her fiancé and her new born baby. As an author, Hemingway was categorized as part of the Lost Generation. In a literary sense, the Lost Generation was a group of authors who had fled to Europe after the war to write and carry out their literary works during the 1920s. They wanted to escape from the United States because of the damaging effects it had taken from the war. However, the Lost Generation was also considered to be the soldiers who had survived the war physically, but came home with lack of courage, masculinity, and patriotism because of the horrific scenes that they had witnessed in the war. By looking at Hemingway’s life and his novel A Farewell to Arms, it is evident that one who does not show emotion throughout life will be the one who battles with life the longest is an understandable message given the struggles he had with being a member of the Lost Generation.
Hemingway portrays Frederic as a…
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