Throughout the movie women provide a sense of relief

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Throughout the movie women provide a sense of relief for the men . The prostitutes kept the men satisfied and less lonely . Paul’s sister and mother also gave relief to Paul in hard times even though they had their own struggles . Much of the story depicts boys who are not masculine
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being forced to live up to a standard set by their elders . The story is a bit ironic in the sense that people in town thought the boys would become men if they went to war; in the end almost all of the boys die and the ones who don’t are dehumanized to the point of not even being men anymore . In Farewell to Arms the gender roles seem to be rather traditional . The men fulfill many of the stereotypes about men at the time . They drink heavy and fight hard but as the story goes on, we learn that each man’s masculinity is individual to them; Deep down they love, and they hurt . The women in this novel also take on traditional roles for women at the time . When the few women in this story are seen they are almost always nurses or prostitute’s . The stories main conflict is centered around a soldier and a nurse . Federic Henry is a soldier whose job is to drive ambulances . Federic meets a nurse named Candice and they fall deeply in love .
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