Farewell to Arms

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A Farewell To Arms is a classic book written by Ernest Hemingway which is about a man named Frederic Henry, who is in the middle of a warzone. Frederic Henry is an existentialist and an American ambulance driver in Italy during WW1. Frederic is what Hemingway calls a “code hero”. Hemingway created a code for each hero whom he created in his novels. The typical Hemingway hero is a detached existentialist who shows bravery in the face of a violent world. Three characteristics that show how Frederic is a code hero are that he bears his miseries well in public, lives in a violent world, and nighttime is difficult for him. The first characteristic that shows how Frederic Henry is a “code hero” is that he bears his miseries well in public. Frederic hides his emotions in public by drinking and when Frederic is talking to Catherine about their families he says, “Wine is a grand thing... It makes you forget all the bad.” (Hemingway, 154). Frederic breaks down in private because he is not in public. In private he expresses his emotions because no one is there to see him act like a macho man so he acts different. When Frederic is watching Catherine and says to himself “... I was awake for a long time thinking to myself...” (Hemingway, 301). This shows how Frederic Henry can’t bear his miseries well in public because in his mind; if he expresses his emotions in public he thinks he will be weak, or unmanly. Another example is when he says to Catherine in private, “I’m no good when you’re not there. I haven’t any life at all anymore” (Hemingway, 301). Here Henry shows his emotions because he feels like Catherine is the only person that understands him. The last example that shows how Frederic Henry can’t bear his miseries well in private is when he is talking to the priest, “Now I am depressed myself. That’s why I never think about these things. I never think… when I begin to talk I say the things I have found out in my mind without talking.” (Hemingway, 179). Frederic...
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