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Night and A Farewell to Arms Eliezer and Frederic In Night and A Farewell to Arms the reader follows the characters of Elie Wiesel and Ernest Hemingway through their personal struggles between love and war In Night Eliezer faces malnutrition Nazis and concentration camps while Frederick Henry in A Farewell to Arms struggles with love patriotism and religion Despite their differences the journeys of these two young men are remarkably similar they both are prisoners of war they both lose the person they love most and they both face a bleak and dismal fate Frederic and Eliezer are both prisoners of war but in different ways Frederic has a strong emotional attachment to the war Dont talk about the war he says after abandoning the front it was overbut I did not have the feeling it was really over Hemingway 245 For Frederic the war captured his mind in a way that he cannot escape Eliezer is also a POW but in a more concrete and physical way Before being imprisoned Eliezer is stripped of his clothes his self-respect and his identity and he is forced into barracks The barracks we had been made to go into were very longThe antechamber of Hell must look like this So many crazed men so many cries so many bestial brutality Wiesel 32 It is only love that allowed Frederic and Eliezer to survive their prisons Catherine Barkley is Fredericks true love I felt damned lonely and was glad when the train got to StresaI was expecting my wife Hemingway 243-244 This quote shows the physical and emotional yearning that Catherine inspires in Frederic This desire for her is what helps him through the war Eliezers love on the other hand is directed towards his father Eliezer feels that his father is his only possesion that the Nazis cannot take from him Ill watch over you and then you can watch over me
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