A Farewell to Arms


The book A Farewell to Arms, written by Ernest Hemingway, is a classic 
about the love story of a nurse and a war ridden soldier. The story 
starts as Frederick Henry is serving in the Italian Army. He meets his 
future love in the hospital that he gets put in for various reasons. I 
thought that A Farewell to Arms was a good book because of the 
symbolism, the exciting plot, and the constant moving of the main 

The symbolism in A Farewell to Arms is very much apparent. Ernest 
Hemingway has always been one who is big on the symbolism of night as 
being bad. To the main character in Hemingway's novels, nights have 
always been a sign of death, or something negative to happen. Another 
one of the symbolisms in A Farewell to Arms is when Henry tries to 
escape from the Italian army by jumping off one of the ships the army 
was traveling on and running away from the army. This symbolism was 
the water that he jumped into was a symbolism of the new, clean life 
that he was going to live from now on. At this time, Henry goes off 
and finds his wife to be.

The plot in A Farewell to Arms was always active. They were never 
staying in one place too long. It had a very good story line, which 
was a love story that ended up in a tragedy. The main character's wife 
got pregnant and she was off to have her baby when problems started 
occurring. They had to have a caesarean, and the baby dies, and when 
the mother of the child starts to hemorrhage Henry knows that it was 
over for his wife and he was right.

From the beginning of the book until the end, the action was up. Ever 
since the front page Henry was traveling around to different towns so 
it was not boring for the reader. That made it very interesting for 
the reader because it was always a new town coming up so they were 
being introduced in the new characters quite often. As the story goes 
on, the reader is not introducing as many new people, but they are 
still traveling around quite a bit. Hemingway has a way with arranging 
the plots of all his stories. They all have that right timing to them. 
He always introduces only people that will affect the story, he does 
not introduce someone who will be in the scene for five minutes and 
then leave. I felt that the author's planning on putting this novel
together was very good.

Ernest Hemingway has always been one of the world's best known classic 
writers. His style and technique of symbolism is much different than 
others. He uses then in very strong ways that you the reader does not 
always pick up. I am sure that I missed some of the symbolism that 
went on in the book. I picked up a few though and they were very 
interesting. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in a love 
story that does not get too intimate.


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