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Gertrude Stein referred to the post- World War I era as a lost generation of disillusioned individuals who believed that their lives and hopes had been destroyed by war Henry and Catherines lives fit this description Henry and Catherines lives in A Farewell to Arms are controlled by the war Frederick Henry is an American who serves as a lieutenant in the Italian army to a group of ambulance drivers Henry is characterized as a lost man searching for order and value in his life Henry disagrees with the war he is fighting It is too confusing and immoral for him to rationalize the wars cause Henry fights it anyway mainly because the army puts some form of discipline in his life At the start of the novel Henrys life was unsettled because he thought that all his hopes were destroyed because of the war He was very unsatisfied with his life because he was drinking and going to houses of prostitution He even befriends a priest because he admires the fact that the priest lives his life by a set of values Henry seems to blame all of his misfortunes on other people and the war at the beginning of the novel Catherine Barkley is an English volunteer nurse who serves in Italy She is considered very experienced when it comes to love and loss She had already dealt with the loss of her fianc who was killed earlier in the war Catherine already possesses the knowledge that her own life can not be dependent on another She learned this through the death of her fianc She blames the war for destroying her hopes and dreams Readers are not as familiar with Catherine Barkleys inner thoughts and feelings as they are with Henrys The story is told through Henrys eyes and the reader only meets Catherine through the dialogue between her and Henry or through his personal interpretations of her actions Further into
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