Character Analysis: A Farewell To Arms By Ernest Hemingway

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Which Character Suffers the Most? What would a car be without its engine, a wagon without its horses? It would be deemed an immobile dull object that doesn’t serve its purpose. Similarly, literary works need characters to be the “driving force” that develops the plot and conveys a message. Characters are often looked upon as catalysts that instill the qualities of significance and meaningfulness into a story through the methods of characterization and character development. Through these processes, characters gain human-like traits that allow them to be multidimensional and, thus, more believable and relatable. Relatable features of a character provide an incentive for reading a book and create an illusion of realism in the reader’s mind, making the book and the character more appealing. Furthermore, characters yield an additional perspective and shed light on details or topics that might be oblivious to the reader. It can also be an effective way of, indirectly, presenting conflicting sides, criticizing an ideal, or reflecting upon historical events or personal experience. Comparably, Ernest Hemingway showcases his perception of war and personal experience through the main character, Fredric, in his anti- war novel titled “A Farewell to Arms”. Throughout the novel, Fredric is shown performing a conventional male role- he drinks, he fights, and commits valiant acts. However, much like other men in the book, his musicality is revealed to be a complicated and unique one. In
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