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Ernest Hemingway

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a-farewell-to-arms-ernest-hemingwayFrederic HenryAmerican driving ambulances for Italy in WWIHelen FergusonScottish nurse and trusted, protective confidantCatherine BarkleyBritish nurse; loving, loyal, and braveBonello & PassiniAmbulance drivers; hardened by warRinaldiArmy surgeon; Henry's amorous roommateRomantic relationshipFriendshipMain CharactersPriestChaplain; confronts reality but chooses faithFrederic Henry, Chapter 34he world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.A Farewell to Armsby the NumbersDeaths suffered by cowardsversus "but one" by the brave—according to Henry1,000 THEBRAVEVariations of endings to the book found in his collected writings housed at the JFK Presidential Library in 201247Times Hemingway says he rewrote the final words to A Farewell to Arms39Book's release date in October 1929, the day the world began to tumble into the Great Depression24MotifsFINISHMachismoArmy companions "prove their masculinity" both on and off the battlefield.GamesCatherine and Henry pretend to be married and gamble; Henry and the Count play pool.AlcoholDrinking is a refuge for Henry, though it threatens to destroy him.BETBETBETBETCASHONLY IF 1STBETCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Sources: Encyclopedia of World Biography, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, National Archives, New York TimesThe Nobel Prize-winning novelist started out as a newspaper reporter at 17. After driving an ambulance for the Italian army—like Henry—Hemingway became one of several expatriate writers living in Europe after World War I; he preferred isolation, believing it enhanced the quality of his work.ERNEST HEMINGWAY1899-1961AuthorWar is Hell...and so is LoveTHEMESDisillusionmentDespite facing each new beginning with hope and purpose, Henry is left crestfallen every time.Separate PeaceHenry escapes by physically and emotionally isolating himself from painful people and places.In the early days of World War I, Frederic Henry, an American volunteer in the Italian ambulance corps, and nurse Catherine Barkley struggle to maintain their love against a backdrop of increasing violence. More than a doomed love story, characters fight on multiple fronts, confronting themes of identity, disillusionment, and separation. BrutalityIn war, love, and life, there is no glory for Henry—just an endless slog through dangerous landscapes.Ernest Hemingway1929EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageA Farewell to ArmsWar Literature

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