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Ernest Hemingway A Farwell To Arms Ernest Hemingway intended this book for a mature audience Considering the way he describes the horrors of the book Ernest Hemingways novel A Farewell to Arms uses nature to structure the novel and provide symbols that replace human emotions Nature serves as a basic structure for the plot and the actions that occur It also emerges as a source of symbols that replace human sentiment or feelings Characters die and there is no mention of sadness or pain Instead Hemingway writes that it is raining that it is autumn or that peace has occurred when people are still at war The replacement of emotions with symbols allows Hemingway to frequently understate what is really going on in the action He further uses symbols to completely omit references to sentiments or feelings Even more unsettling is the fact that these symbols often ironically represent the opposite of their meanings in common manner of speaking Not only symbols but also individual words come to be used in this way This undermines the use of technical language throughout the novel and causes the breakdown of that language Thus symbols and words provide a basis for the structure of the novel and for the loss of the technical language The world of the first half of the novel is a dry sterile version of the wet and sickly world that follows it Within this world the dry part is the world of success Henry wins Catherine and the army wins some battles The wet world is the exact opposite the army loses and is forced to retreat and Henry loses Catherine The natural world thereby provides the setting within which Henrys personal and military experiences can take place Natural changes from dryness to wetness are paralleled in the plot by both Catherines pregnancy and the corrupt horse races These scenes are put onto each other through their side-by-side placement They define
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