A Farewell Of Arms By Ernest Hemingway Essay

1858 Words Sep 2nd, 2015 8 Pages
Ernest Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell to Arms, paints a love story taking place on the Italian front during World War I. It is in this setting that he makes love a major theme by bringing Lieutenant Henry, an ambulance driver, and Catherine Barkley, an English nurse, together. Henry was a man that was well liked and respected for his rank and all that was important to him was his duty to serve. However, Catherine Barkley would change his perspective on the war. Initially, in the introduction of the book, Henry and Catherine act like two children who are playing a game, but in this case, using seduction. However, Henry’s consistent visits and encounters with Catherine turns into more than just lust. When he is thinking about the war before returning to the front, thoughts about her invade his mind and he ends up fantasizing about her as well. Although it is normal for Henry to have these fantasies, it shows a side that we as readers don’t see in the beginning and those are feelings. He was an emotionless man who had no passion, commitment, or love but it is evident that he starts to have feelings for Catherine, exceeding past their little game they play. His dejection is seen when Helen reports to him that Catherine is sick at the nurse’s villa where he says “ I had treated seeing Catherine very lightly, I had gotten somewhat drunk and had nearly forgotten to come but when I could not see her there I was feeling lonely and hollow (35 Hemingway)”. Furthermore, love plays…

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