How Hemingway Was Foreshadowing The Outcome By Showing

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Questions 1-8 I tend to think that Hemingway was foreshadowing the outcome by showing in this quote, what Henry really thinks and what his morals are. He enlists to help the Italian army and has a helping heart towards the Italians. So in this quote, he says he didn’t do those things he wanted to do. This could be many things, but I would guess that they were immoral and irrational things that wouldn’t compliment his record. This was located towards the beginning of the book, so I would assume that these thoughts might have stayed strong and he stood steadfast with them.
Then later along in the war, and the more deaths he saw with nothing he could do to save them might have changed how he thought, whether he liked it or not. This trend tends to happen in many war movies and books. So the foreshadowing would be aimed at him doing something he wouldn’t have imagined doing earlier in the novel. For example when Frederic shot the engineer for not gathering branches to help get the vehicle out of the mud.

Henry takes the point of view of an officer who thinks defeat is worse than war itself. With that in mind, it explains why throughout the story he is so dedicated, sometimes overly dedicated, to getting back to what he did best. An example would be when Henry fights against the doctors to let him receive surgery so he can return to the Italian army. He eventually finds someone to do it, but if it wasn’t for his belief that defeat is worse…
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