Real Love Or Desperation Analysis

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Real Love or Desperation. “Since the earliest times, humans have needed to be sensitive to their surroundings to survive, which means that we have an innate awareness of our environment and seek our environments with certain qualities.” Mary Jo Kreitzer PhD. Lieutenant Frederic Henry would very much understand the concept above. Henry was driven to love due to the environment he was in. Henry was subconsciously aware of his surroundings and wanted to psychologically survive the stressful situation he was placed in. Lieutenant Frederic Henry is a young American ambulance driver serving in the Italian army during World War I. At the beginning of the novel, A Farewell to Arms by American Author - Ernest Hemingway, the war is winding down with…show more content…
Keep right on lying to me. That’s what I want you to do. Were they pretty?” (Ch 16, pg 106) Henry claimed his passion for Catherine was different than the women before “I thought she was probably a little crazy. It was all right if she was. I did not care what I was getting into. This was better than going every evening to the house for officers where the girls climbed all over you and put your cap on backwards as a sign of affection between their trips upstairs with other officers." (Chapter 6, pg. 30) Since Henry and Catherine’s relationship is not much of a typical one, even in the more accepting modern world, the relationship seems unusual. Catherine at the start of the novel was a vulnerable nurse in the front lines of war. Still not being completely over her fiance’s death, Catherine plants herself in a relationship with an equally vulnerable Henry. Henry meets Catherine early on and turns from living in the midst of the nightmares of war to a life of a passionate love affair with Catherine Barkley. Henry uses the love he has for her as an aid to distract him from the brutality around him. Even at the start of the book, Henry gives out a cold vibe to his roommate and supposed friend, Rinaldi. Rinaldi much like Henry is an alcoholic womanizer who does not believe in romance and proclaims love to every women he meets. The inner dysfunctionality between these two paths way for a friendship based on mutual…show more content…
This being obvious to the reader, the reader assumes that Henry must have either not had an eventful past, which is doubtful knowing the fact that at some point prior to the start of the novel he must have had aspirations to join the war; or that Henry must have had an emotional past which causes his raging alcoholism and slight sexual obsession. The result of the overwhelming sentiments in regular situations could fairly lead to alcoholism, but when Henry was placed in an environment where tensions were raised and normality was pushed out the door, he was faced with an ideally greater challenge than the war alone - Henry was faced with dealing with his intense emotions. Stubborn to his own feelings, Henry needed a near death experience to admit to himself that he is in fact in love with Catherine. When Henry first met Catherine, he is so much more different than he is at the ending of the book. The way Hemingway wrote about Henry almost indicated that Henry and Catherine had a very superficial romance, for instance the constant sexual interactions and minimal mature communication between the two. There was almost no substance underneath the appearances and attractability and when those two things are gone, in the example of an unplanned pregnancy, you can almost sense Henry’s irritability through Hemingway’s
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