"Changing With Time"

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"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 naiveté. An example is in chapter two when...