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A Farewell to Arms Critique

 

The overall tone of the book is much different than that of 
The Sun Also Rises. The characters in the book are propelled 
by outside forces, in this case WWI, where the characters in 
SAR seemed to have no direction. Frederick's actions are 
determined by his position until he deserts the army.
Floating down the river with barely a hold on a piece of 
wood his life, he abandons everything except Catherine and 
lets the river take him to a new life that becomes 
increasing difficult to understand. 

The escape to Switzerland seemed too perfect for a book that 
set a tone of ugliness in the world that was only dotted 
with pure love like Henry's and Cat's and I knew the story 
couldn't end with bliss in the slopes of Montreux. In a 
world where the abstracts of glory, honor, and sacrifice 
meant little to Frederick, his physical association with 
Catherine was the only thing he had and it was taken away 
from him long before she died. 

The love that Frederick and Catherine had for each other was 
more than could be explained in words and Frederick makes it 
known that words are not really effective at describing the 
flesh and blood details. Their love during an ugly war was 
not to be recreated or modeled even as much as through a 
baby conceived by their love. The baby could not be born 
alive because their love was beautiful yet doomed so that 
nothing could come out of it. 

Hemingway's language is effective in leaving much to the 
readers interpretation and allowing a different image to 
form in each readers mind. The simple sentences and 
incomplete descriptions frees your imagination and inspires 
each person to develop their own bitter love story. 

 




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