A Farewell to Arms: the Hemingway Code Hero

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A Farewell to Arms:

The Hemingway Code Hero


Ernest Hemingway's 1914-1918 autobiographical novel, A Farewell to Arms, takes place on the Italian front during World War I. Frederic Henry, the main character, is a young American ambulance driver for the Italian army during the war. He is extremely disciplined and courageous, but feels detached from life. Rinaldi, a surgeon and friend of Frederic's, introduces him to an English nurse named Catherine Barkley. Once introduced, Frederic discovers a capacity for love that he never knew he held. They begin seeing each other frequently, but keep it secret for fear of the army getting involved. While they were dating Henry was hurt in the war and sent to another hospital away from …show more content…

Rinaldi begins to lead Frederic into a perspective much like his own. One example is when he and Rinaldi are talking about the war and what has happened since Frederic has been on leave. Rinaldi says, "But now, baby, it's all over. I don't operate now and I feel like hell. This is a terrible war baby. You believe me when I say it…." Rinaldi's view of life is being exposed to Frederic. Frederic is understanding that life really is a trap and

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