A Farewell To Arms Critical Analysis

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Hemingway’s first novel The Sun Also Rises received good reviews and has been recognized to be one of his greatest works. The author has aimed to epitomize the post-war expatriate generation and the major themes of the novel appear to move around two epigraphs; the first epigraph was a quotation from Ecclesiastes while the other was created by Hemingway’s Gertrude Stein. In this work, Hemingway has portrayed the life of a number of expatriate people who make the rounds of bars in Paris and resort in Spain and whom they attempt to engage with activities of fishing, drinking, talking, making love, and attending bullfights ; Hemingway has emphasized that those expatriate in their seeking for the leisure time are aimless lost generation. The Great War has brought with it the destruction of the old values…show more content…
Again the central focus of the narrative is on the physical and psychological destruction of the characters resulted from the brutality and horrors of war and the author’s anti-war attitude has been revealed early in the novel when he begins his novel describing the physical and psychological suffering of the soldiers at war; he points out that “they [the soldiers] were sweaty, dusty, tired. Some looked pretty bad. A soldier came along after the last of the strugglers. He was walking with a limp” (32); and the destruction has been revealed metaphorically in the opening pages through the symbol of rain when Lt. Henry narrates that seven thousands in the army had been died of cholera that is resulted from the permanent rain of
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