Often times, Americans experienced depression over the war and the tragic casualties that came along with it. Hemingway articulates his sentiment that war is simply the outcome of an already obscure and tyrannous world. He exposes the fickle nature of humanity and teaches that at times we can be harsh. However, we are also adept to compassion, honesty, and even dignity, despite society’s recurrent attempts to forget or disperse true love. In itself, these factors make the novel appear incredibly timeless, and classic.
Ernest Hemingway’s classic American novel, A Farewell to Arms is the story of the first-hand account of Frederic Henry, a man who served in World War I and fell in love with a nurse named Catherine. Hemingway utilized several techniques to manifest the theme of war and love with the ultimate result of death. The author fostered the characters through an emotional journey of highs and lows as death constantly hovered over them. Hemingway had to capture the concept of death correctly and impose the overall theme, which is why the ending was rewritten forty-seven times. Hemingway’s distinctive writing style centered around the dark perspectives of the 20th century, which sparked much controversy and criticism.
In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway creates a vivid picture of allusions towards the reader by fabricating situations that symbolize important topics in Santiago 's life. One example of symbolism starts in the near beginning of the story, the mast of the boat. “He started to climb again and at the top he fell and
Hemingway presents the elements of failure and suffering in The Old Man and the Sea by depicting several instances of suffering and failure which the Old Man, Santiago, has to go through throughout the course of the novel. According to Hemingway, life is just one big struggle. In the beginning of the novel itself, The Old Man, is presented as a somewhat frail old man who is still struggling with his life as well as his past failures. His skiff even had a sail which bore great resemblance to “the flag of permanent defeat”, with its multiple patches all over. Throughout the novel, scenes of suffering and failure are shown several times, since the events of the novel depict the Old Man, Santiago, suffering on his boat with the real possibility
He portrays this relationship through the use of imagery, structure, and paradox. Throughout the entire passage, imagery is a constant. It is used to not only create images in your mind, but to also bond you to the man, the fish, and their relationship. Hemingway deliberately uses words and sentence structures so that
A Farewell to Arms A Farewell to Arms, written in 1928 by Ernest Hemingway, is the story of Lieutenant Frederic Henry and his time as an ambulance driver for the Italian Army during the first world war. After being injured at the front Henry is sent to a hospital in Milan where Nurse Catherine Barkley, a woman he met where he was stationed, cares for him and they fall in love. As the story progresses Henry and Catherine’s relationship goes through a drastic change when we find out that Catherine is pregnant, so the two run away to Switzerland and wait for the baby to be born. Throughout the novel, Hemingway uses simple and complex imagery to portray the effects of the war and Henry’s emotions, paired with detailed description, repetition and strange dialogue to help develop his characters. Hemingway begins the book by describing where “we” (the troops) lived, he talks about the riverbeds and the mountains, the dust and plants, but more importantly, the rain.
When I was younger I was very close with my grandmother and loved her very much. Our relationship was complicated, my grandmother had Breast Cancer and her schedule was very unpredictable with chemo and radiation treatments and after those we did not know how she would feel. Likewise, in Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and The Sea, Santiago loves the sea, but he also recognizes its unpredictability for he does not know when the sea will change. Hemingway portrays a relationship between a love for a man and woman to reveal the difficulties of a relationship and its tie to being unpredictable. Hemingway reveals a story symbolizing the love of a man and woman.
Frederic has become aware of the soul and in his relation with Catherine he has achieved a greater awareness of life more than the experience he has attained from war; he realizes that life extends beyond the physical desires and beyond the physical body and realizes that the men who insist to maintain the war ignore the soul. Hemingway once said that he rewrote the last page of the novel thirty-nine times before getting his satisfaction of it, which places the emphasis that Hemingway’s real goal was not to end the novel with the tragic vision of Catherine’s death but to reveal the betterment of the man after committing a fault against himself. Frederic, whose all previous concerns have been about the sensuality of his world and whom he has refused the existence of the soul unless he can see it, has attained a real love that has enabled him to realize the difference between the body and the soul.
He even took the chance of going farther out into sea than any other boat dared. Hemingway wrote, “the sun rose thinly from the sea and the old man could see the other boats, low on the water and well in toward the shore, spread out across the current” (32). The old man was not scared of going out farther into the sea if it meant the possibility of catching a fish and ending his drought. Another time in the novel that the old man showed the properties of hero is when he hooked an enormous marlin and wouldn’t give up, even if it killed him. On page 92, the old man thinks to himself, “you are killing me, fish…” (Hemingway).