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In A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway illustrates in a simple and pure style the development of the relationship between a young American ambulance driver and an English nurse during World War I in Italy This love-story is marked as John A Sanford describes in The Invisible Partners by identification and projection of the opposite sex In the following I will give an insight of the relationship between Lieutenant Frederick Henry and Catherine Barkley of A Farewell to Arms related to the Jungian approach of animus and anima mentioned in The Invisible Partners Furthermore I will discuss the aspect of power in this relationship and examine the strengths and weaknesses of this connection and the two characters regarding their dependency to each other Finally I will examine the value of love in this relation and explain on a personal note the impact of this story From the very beginning on the reader learns that Frederick Henry feels detached from life and is on a quest for identification This gets clear in for example Chapter II when he gives insight into his feelings about being with women Clear cold and dry is his view of experiences he had and the identification with his masculinity is all he has In addition he is an American fighting in a war for another country Isolated from his family and compatriots he is searching for protection from the discovery of insignificance in a world indifferent to his well being The reader gets the feeling that Frederick is emotionally exhausted and has no place to go until he gets to know Catherine Barkley Catherine Barkley seems a little weird at the beginning More and more we learn about her tragedy and leave the feeling behind that she is crazy In fact we learn that she just totally identifies with her feminine nature and she even develops to a devotional person who has cast aside conventional social values and lives to
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