A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway


(Essay #2)
The book A Farewell to Arms, written by Ernest Hemingway,
is a classic 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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