Farewell to Arms

Topics: Ernest Hemingway, Emotion, Interpersonal relationship Pages: 2 (852 words) Published: February 25, 2013
Honors English Period 4
26 January 2011
Fragments Essay

Throughout high school, relationships come up left and right. With those relationships, tension is just waiting to come, fights already starting. War is just the same, fight after fight until someone dies, or gets hurt. In “A Farewell to Arms”, Frederick Henry is in a similar relationship that is being torn apart by war with Catherine Barkley. Frederick Henry is an ambulance driver who is at the front in a relationship with Catherine, a British nurse. At the front, their relationship short, and horrid, while away, their relationship flourishes. This change in Frederick Henry’s relationship shows Ernest Hemingway’s thematic message that war is dehumanizing, and ruins your life. The definition of duty is an obligatory task, conduct, service, or function that arises from one's position. War slaughters this idea, repeatedly. It makes soldiers think, “Duty is about killing” “Even though I’m throwing out all of my morals, this won’t come back to bite me”. Soldiers need to realize that your ethics do not just stop because you are fighting for our country. Frederick Henry shows this twisted view when all he was doing was going to whorehouses and getting drunk, when he should have been helping his girlfriend get better. He was with Rinaldi and then he “Had gotten somewhat drunk and had nearly forgotten to come but when I could not see her there I was feeling lonely and hollow," (18). This quote explains that while at war relationships are a bit hard to find, yet when you find one you need to hold it near. Your whole perspective changes when at the stressful times of hostilities, and you need to try to balance out the appalling emotions. Another moment of ‘principles’ being shredded was when the battle police tried to interrogate their captives for answers. Their desperate and going insane and that leads to their drastic actions.

How someone feels when they are at war, affects the way they act, talk,...
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