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Compare and Contrast Essay of Arthur Hemingways For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms At the midpoint of For Whom the Bell Tolls I find myself both unable to distinguish this from A Farewell to Arms and reluctant to finish the story at all The man whose writing I last found to be extraordinary and enlightening became tedious when copied between two different covers and attempted to be passed off as a different book Thus far in the novel I had found this reading to be unimaginative sluggish and redundant These conclusions are probably most frustrating because I can see the depth of knowledge retained by this great man that are dwarfed by his journalistic writing style and lack of creativity Though detached and individual novels For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms were so alike in character development and theme that is was difficult to ascertain between the two without taking into consideration the change of point of view and tone Hemingways characters of Robert Jordan and Maria in For Whom the Bell Tolls are nearly carbon copies of Fredrick Henry and Catherine of A Farewell to Arms Each of his men begin the novel as nave and foolish American youth who enthusiastically join a foreign battle only to psychologically desert the cause and give up on the conflict for love Their lack of committed love is exhibited in their periods of rather loose lifestyles before the wars They have not yet enough experience to fully understand the consequences of enlisting Robert believes he will be back teaching college the next semester and Fredrick that a war would be more fun than his suburban life Consequently they fight not for themselves or their ways of life but for men and women who share only a language with him resulting in accentuating ease of surrender and less of a desire to finish at the death This quality
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