Summary Of Ernest Hemingway's Response

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1) Renaldi states to Frederic, ”Oh yes. All my life I encountered sacred subjects. But very few with you. I suppose you must have them too … I am the snake. I am the snake of reason”(148-149), illustrating the Iceberg principle through its underlying meaning that the war has caused him to lose his faith. Painting him as a cold blooded animal, Hemingway conveys this transition not only as an individual but a generation. The war has made them into animals whose thoughts revolve around survival and calculation. 2) Frederic describes that the peasants “ were beaten from the start with. They were beaten when they took them from their farms and put them in the army. That is why the peasant has wisdom, because he is defeated from the start”, displaying the underlying concept of adrift individuals and morals due to…show more content…
Maybe there wasn’t any war. Then I realized it was over for me … I did not have the feeling it was really over. I had the feeling of a boy who thinks of what is happening at a certain hour at the schoolhouse from which he has played truant”(213), which illuminates the war stripping humanity’s morals and mental stability to the state of a incapable child. Additionally, Hemingway utilizes this monologue to convey the bigger concept of the loss of innocence during the war stemming from the bloodbath. 2) Frederic believes that “If people bring ... courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places … if you are none of these … it will kill you too”(216), emphasizing the basic principle ingrained at the core of humanity that violence and darkness slowly degrades the human soul. Hemingway employs Frederic’s internal monologue as representation for the bigger progression of humanity’s and specifically the Lost Generation’s alienation from their emotions and
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