A Farewell to Arms


A Farewell to Arms

The book A Farewell to Arms, written by Ernest Hemingway, is a classic
about the 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
character.

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.