Essay PreviewMore ↓
A contrast in personalities is presented in the ways Frederic and Catherine are playing opposite roles in the relationship in the relationship. In a “normal” relationship between a man and a woman, the man is the one who takes care of the women and all that, but in this relationship it is reversed. Frederic is an ambulance officer for the Italian Army and Catherine is his nurse. Any time Frederic is injured, Catherine is there to help him out and care for him. Not only does Catherine take care of his physical state, but she also takes care of his emotional state. Whenever Frederic is feeling down, Catherine is there to cheer him up. Catherine maturely decides to make a commitment, to love someone who she knows does not love her back, and to take full reponsibility for her actions throughout, including the pregnancy that occurs (Hays-55).
How to Cite this Page
"A Farewell To Arms By Ernest Hemingway." 123HelpMe.com. 14 Aug 2018
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Ernest Hemingway and A Farewell To Arms "We did not do the things we wanted to do; we never did such things" (Hemingway 13). This single sentence voiced early in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms by the American protagonist, Lieutenant Frederic Henry, sums up the rather pessimistic and drab tone and mood presented in Hemingway's works, particularly this novel, which also reflects the pessimistic and judgmental mind housed within the author. Regardless of the unhappy circumstances and heart-breaking situations which prevail throughout the novel, A Farewell To Arms certainly deserves a place in a listing of works of high literary merit.... [tags: Farewell Arms Essays]
3202 words (9.1 pages)
- The Role of Religion in A Farewell to Arms Religion played a significant role in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. The attitudes that the character had towards the war and life were closely associated with their views on religion. Due to extreme circumstances of war, moral standards were obscure for the characters. Almost everything related to the war violated the normal code of morality, which led many to feel disenchanted. Those who viewed the war as senseless had no faith in God or religion.... [tags: Hemingway A Farewell to Arms]
1984 words (5.7 pages)
- I have read the book ”A Farewell to Arms” written by Ernest Hemingway in 1929. Ernest Hemingway was born in 1899 in Illinois, USA. When he was young the First World War broke out and he decided to join the Italian army as an ambulance driver. After the war he worked as a correspondent in Europe. As a correspondent he visited France, Spain and Greece, and among other things reported from the Spanish Civil War. He stayed in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. In addition to his work as a journalist he began writing books.... [tags: Hemingway Farewell Arms Book Report]
1517 words (4.3 pages)
- Imagery in A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway Imagery placed strategically through the novel A Farewell to Arms shows how well Ernest Hemingway is able to prepare the reader for events to come. Catherine Barkley, the English nurse who falls in love with Fredric Henry, an American in the Italian army, states, "I'm afraid of the rain" (125), as they stay in Milan. She goes on to explain "I'm afraid of the rain because sometimes I see me dead in it. ... And sometimes I see you dead in it" (126).... [tags: A Farewell to Arms]
3707 words (10.6 pages)
- The setting of A Farewell to Arms is Italy, where they were fighting Austria, during World War I. The story is about Frederick Henry, an American, who served as a lieutenant in the Italian army to a group of ambulance drivers. At the start of the novel, Frederick was a drunk who traveled from one house of prostitution to the next. Yet he was discontent with his unsettled lifestyle. Frederick meets Catherine Barkley an English volunteer nurse, who serves in Italy, at a near by hospital. In the first few chapters, Frederick’s life is seeing Miss Barkley, drinking with the others at his barracks, and driving the ambulance.... [tags: A Farewell to Arms Essays]
1772 words (5.1 pages)
- A Farewell to Arms as an Anti-War Novel There are indications in each of the novel’s five books that Ernest Hemingway meant A Farewell to Arms to be a testament against war. World War One was a cruel war with no winners; ”War is not won by victory” (47). Lieutenant Frederic Henry, the book’s hero and narrator, experiences the disillusionment, the hopelessness and the disaster of the war. But Henry also experiences a passionate love; a discrepancy that ironically further describes the meaninglessness and the frustration felt by the soldiers and the citizens.... [tags: Hemingway A Farewell to Arms]
907 words (2.6 pages)
- Accepting Death in Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms A Farewell To Arms is Ernest Hemingway's poignant yet simple tale of two young lovers who meet during the chaos of W.W.I and the relationship that endures until its tragic end. Frederick Henry, an American lieutenant in the Italian army, and Catherine Barkley, an English volunteer nurse, share a devout love for one another that deepens as Catherine becomes pregnant, yet their blissful relationship becomes tragically shortened as the baby and Catherine die as a result of the birth, leaving Frederick alone to accept their deaths.... [tags: Farewell Arms Essays]
701 words (2 pages)
- Dealing with Death in A Farewell to Arms "I'm afraid of the rain because sometimes I picture myself dead in it" (P 126). This is a short quotation from, A Farewell to Arms, (1929), by Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms has a very unexpected death in the end. The reader sympathizes with the main character as he matures from the beginning to the conclusion of the novel. A Farewell to Arms is a love story during World War I. The novel is centered on Lieutenant Fredric Henry, an American who has volunteered for the Italian army driving ambulances in Europe because the United States has not yet entered the war.... [tags: Farewell Arms Essays]
891 words (2.5 pages)
- Hopeless Suffering in A Farewell to Arms Near the end of A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway has Fredrick Henry describe the time he placed a log full of ants on a fire. This incident allows us to understand a much larger occurrence, Catherine's pregnancy. Combined, both of these events form commentary on the backdrop for the entire story, World War One. After he finds out his son was stillborn, Lt. Henry remembers the time when he placed a log full of ants on a fire. After sitting for a moment, the log began burning.... [tags: Farewell Arms Essays]
743 words (2.1 pages)
- No Happy Ending in A Farewell to Arms Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms is a tragic story of love and war. There has been a great deal of controversy over the ending of the novel in which Catherine Barkley died from massive hemorrhaging following an unsuccessful Caesarean operation. While such a horrific event to end a novel may not be popular, it is the soundest ending that Hemingway could have written. A Farewell to Arms is a war novel and Catherine's death brings a conclusion that is consistent with the theme and context of the novel.... [tags: Farewell Arms Essays]
800 words (2.3 pages)
A contrast of personalities is presented in Catherines maturity and leadership and Frederics immautiry and ineptness. Frederic is a very jealous lover as shown in this quote, “I don’t. I don’t want anybody else to touch you. I’m silly, I get furious if they touch you” (Hemingway-299). Frederic has no wholly explory male figure before him (Waldhorn-68). This could explain why he has no explanation for abandoning his studies for abandoning his studies (Waldhorn-68). As Bell says, “in the isolation of his hospital bed, like a baby in a bassinet, he is totally passive, tended and comforted by female care takers. The ministering of Catherine, who looks after all of his needs and wants, including sexual ones also, is more maternal then connubial” (Hays-52). Frederic must be taken care of as if he were a little baby or young boy. This gave me the insight of how hard it was for Catherine to deal with her own struggles and then have to care for Frederic Henry on the side also. Catherine bathes Frederic, feeds him, gives him an enema, takes him on outings, and makes love to him (Hays-52). Sexually, Catherine wants to please Frederic more than the whores has known, and she can do so, for unlike them, she has no ulterior motives (Donaldson-60). Catherine is a good woman who just wants to love and be loved unlike the rest of the women Frederic has been with. Befoer Frederic’s opperation, he asks Catherine to be on dute that night so that they may again make love, not realizing the seriousness of the surgery or of or of his postoperative state. Again showing his immaturity and inemptness. He acts like a young kid who does not understand what is important nor have any idea of waht his priorities are in his life. Not only does Frederic show immaturity in his love life, but also in his work. Frederic does not carry out his orders to evacuate the vehicles he commands, as he himself acknowledges, “all I had to do was to get to Pordenone with three ambulances. I had failed at that” (Hays-54). Unlike Frederic, and his immaturity, Catherine, on the other hand has maturity and great leadership skills. Like all romantic relationships that last until death of one of the people in the couple, this relationship survives through effort, at first, all Catherines (Hays-52). Catherine acts as the mother of Frederic all throughout the book besides when they have sex to help fulfill his emotional needs. Catherine is like all heroes who attempt to acheive soemthing regardless of the odds (Hays-52) which is what makes her such a exempt leader. As Ken Kesey later did in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, also punning on McMurphy’s commitment to both the mental hospital the mental hospital and the welfare of his fellow inmates, so Hemingway has Catherine commit herself, not just to a man, but once more to life and love and the possibilities of new pain involved (Hays-52). In contrast to Frederic’s immaturity, Hemingway indicates Catherine’s maturity and leadership (Hays-54). Catherine makes sure to please Frederic in all the ways possible and tries to keep her self together at the same time. She has a wonderful personality, although sometimes she seems to be crazy she has herself pretty well together. She makes sure to try her hardest at everything she does and does not give up in times of struggle. This is what makes Catherine Barkley such a remarkable leader and such a mature woman.
A contrast of personalities is presented in the ways Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley view love. Catherine is all about the real thing and falls in love with Henry very quickly. Unlike Catherine, Frederic does not really fall in love, but he says he is and lies like a child. A Farewell to Arms has usually been interpreted as a tragic tale of two two lovers, driven together by the war, who selfishly give themselves to each other in an affair that might have lasted in indefinite bliss had not fateful death unjustly intervened to snatch one away (Donaldson-56). Frederic tells Catherine, “now if you aren’t with me I haven’t a thing in the world” (Hays-55). He says this not realizing the value it holds in Catherine hearts. He does not really mean a word of it and just says it to say it. Frederic does not realize the true meaning of love. Frederic makes it clear that his initial interest is sexual only; he is seeking no commitment: Catherine says “You did say you loved me, didn’t you?” Frederic answers “Yes,” I lied. “I love you.” I had not said it before. I thought she was probably a little crazy. It was alright if she was. I did not care what I was getting into. I know I did not love her now did I have any idea of loving her. This was a game (Hemingway-68). This told me about how Frederic was and how immature he was in the way he viewed love. He was still playing a game as if he were a young boy again. The priest tells Frederic that “What you tell me about in the nights, that is not love. That is only passion and lust. When you love you wish to do things for, you wish to sacrifice for, and you wish to serve” (Hemingway-72). Everybody realizes Frederics foolish games except Catherine. When Frederic first meets Catherine he says “Miss Barkley was quite tall. She wore what seemed to be a nurse’s uniform, was blonde and had a twany slan and gray eyes. I thought she was very beautiful” (Hemingway-18) Frederic does not realize that true beauty lies on the inside of a person, and this is why he in unable to love truly. Frederic comes across a change in this game he is playing. After a period of time he begins to really and truly love Catherine. I took distance from her for a short period for him to realize that he truly did love her, “Catherine Barkley took three days off night duty and then she came back on again. It was as though we met again after each of us has been away on a long journey” (Hemingway-111). Soon after that Frederic says “Always, I wanted to see Catherine” (Hemingway-117). Catherine, unlike Frederic always loved him. She expresses this love by saying “I would be too happy. If I could live there and love God and serve him” (Hemingway-71). Catherine, having lost a previous lover, she could not give herself completely, she seeks to lose herself in Frederic- to love, not wisely, but too well (Donaldson-56). Many critics feel that Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley are a perfect romantic couple, but Scott Donaldson finds their relationship more problematical (Donaldson-56).
I believe A Farewell to Arms presents a huge contrast in the difference between Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley. It also presents this contrast in woman and men. Women tend to be truthful and fall in love a lot easier than men do, but men makes things so much worse by lying about certain things and their feelings. The contrast shown in their personalities in the ways they each play opposite roles in the relationship, in Frederic Henry’s immaturity and ineptness and Catherine Barkley’s maturity and leadership, and in the ways they view love is definitely a strong one. It shows this contrast all throughout the book and makes sure to teach a lesson in the differences between people. While reading the book and especially after finishing it I realized this contrast in the two characters.