"Changing With Time"
Throughout their lives, people are forced to face obstacles and decisions
that are presented with the passing of time. These impediments can later make
or break the person's life depending on how they prepare for them. By adjusting
oneself to the situation and adapting with time, the person will succeed by
reaching true happiness. However, by ignoring the situation at hand and
drawing oneself to the past, the person will fail to lead a pleasant self-fulfilling
life. The characters that are presented as either survivors or failures include:
Catherine Barkley and Frederick Henry, from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest
Hemingway; Nicole and Dick Diver, of Tender is the Night by F. Scott
Fitzgerald; and Quentin, Caddy, Jason, and Miss Quentin from The Sound and
the Fury by William Faulkner. The characters either succeed by gaining freedom
and independence or fail by not adapting with time and not accepting what time
In A Farewell to Arms, Frederick Henry, an ambulance driver for the
Italian Army, is a discontent man looking for substance and meaning in his life.
He has no religion and has lost faith in all that he believes in. When Frederick is
introduced into the book, he is presented as an aimless young man whose life
was meant for making adventures. He has nothing to live for and is unable to
discover any meaning in life. He jokes with his fellow officers, whores with local
prostitutes, and drinks with everyone. It is evident that Frederick left America for
Italy to begin a more thrilling and glamorous life, contrary to the ordinary
American peacetime life. He is, however, very sympathetic and sensitive to
others. His sensitive and more sympathetic side is restricted by fear,
embarrassment, and naivetÃÂ©. An example is in chapter two when...