"A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway

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In this novel "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway, Hemingway brings about the evolution of Frederick Henry in realistic ways and deals with the subject of war and destruction. Destruction of law and order, moral values and the belief in love and lasting relationships. The entire work was well balanced with emotional ties as well as varying from peaceful and joyous moments, through to those typical of war, death and violence. This alternation led to a book that was able to keep the readers' attention for longer than a chapter. It was an unfortunate ending, but the readers all along easily see it as karma. Most of the story cannot be directly related to my personal life as I don't lead a life involving the military, sex and drugs. The only thing I could be able to relate to was Hemingway's comparison of beauty in the mountains and in Milan as I have personally been there.

As for other works, this novel is partially similar to Catch-22. While Catch-22 has more underlying foundations on brotherhood and loopholes of "the system," it still relies on the actions of the military, the life before and after, and losing those close to you. I don't believe this novel was meant to be an inspiration to people to give them motivation to achieve certain goals in their life; however did remind me of the situation currently going on in the Middle East with our armed forces, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is another representation of wars and the power of them towards the populations of all countries. Some sections were confusing in nature entirely due to the switching of setting but for the most part, it was a fairly straight forward yet still one of Hemingway's best works. It had a...