Novel Essay 1

Novel Essay 1 - Ryan Wisneski AML 3311 Novel Essay 1 The...

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Ryan Wisneski September 13, 2010 AML 3311 Novel Essay 1 The book A Farewell to Arms written by Ernest Hemingway takes place during the First World War from the point of view of a young American man, Lieutenant Frederic Henry. The story is told from Henry’s point of view who is serving in the Italian army as an ambulance driver. Lt. Henry is a young man who seems to have joined the Italian army for no good reason, other than he was in Europe during the time the fighting broke out and spoke fluent Italian. This choice shows a lot about this character from the beginning of the text, who seems to have no direction and struggles to find a sense of meaning in life. Frederic even goes as far to say that he knew he was involved in a war in which he could not be killed based on his job as an ambulance driver. When Lt. Henry is wounded however, this view of life drastically changes and we see him completely distance himself from the war in every way he can, leading to a love relationship with a British nurse, Catherine Barkley, as he futilely tries to separate himself from the combat. This love and companionship is the only thing Henry can do to keep a separate life from the war as with each day and experience he finds the war is closer to him then he ever wanted or realized it could be. In the begging of the story Henry’s attitude towards the war is somewhat reserved. He had no real motivation to join in on the war efforts but based solely on being in Rome at the time of recruitment joins up as an ambulance driver. He has nothing invested in this war and it is evident from his attitude that he now sees it as an inconvenience to him more than any type of dangerous circumstance. “Well, I knew I would not be killed. Not in this war. It did not have anything to do with me. It seemed not more dangerous to me myself than war in the movies. I wished to God it was over though.” (Hemingway) Frederic says this early on about the war, he is able to see it as a separate entity that is no part of him; however this changes as the war starts
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course AML 3311 taught by Professor Altmmier during the Fall '09 term at FSU.

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