How gender stereotypes are depicted in "A Farewell to arms" by Emingway

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Flavio Lupi English1002 Andrew-Janet 12.11.14 Ernest Hemingway was known for his pretense of courage or in other words as bravado, his so-called misogynistic inclinations, and his willing to find what represent the male status. He often used his personal experience in his novels as Farewell To Arms is a good example. Hemingway that in Early 1918 joined the Italian Red Cross and served as an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I transposes his experience and creates Frederic Henry, the novel's protagonist and narrator. A young American volunteer as an ambulance driver in the Italian army during World War I. The novel designs a complex story of love, masculine identity and gender interaction. In the America of early 20th century, men and women were assumed to be completely opposite by nature. Each of them saw their difference in their value, their moral and their attitudes towards the world.

In the 1960', the feminist movement has battled hard to redefine traditional stereotypical gender roles. Criticism started to see a new interpretation in the patterns of masculine and feminine identity in the story and criticize the misogynistic character of Henry and how Catherine is depicted. If women are represented in a particular and specific way this also means that the men are portrayed in their specific way although no one complained about that. In this brief essay, we will show with the support of two documents and the novel itself how gender divergences are portrayed in A Farewell to Arms and how it might not be as some criticism assert, a misogynistic, women-hater Hemingway but the portray of the reality of this time. In the first hand, we will discuss the general gender stereotypes of the novel with the support of the first document. In the second hand,