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A Farewell to Arms is a typical love story It is much like Romeo and Juliet Frederick Henry representing a similar role to Romeo and Catherine Barkley to Juliet Like the love of Romeo and Juliet the conflicting environment and people around them challenged their love Frederick and Catherine are placed against significant odds in this novel They must survive the obstacles of World War I War-torn Italy serves as a background adding to the tragedy of the love story The turmoil over the war affects the emotions and values of each character The love between Frederick and Catherine are challenged by long separations life-threatening situations and the vagueness of each others location and state of being This is an amazing and beautiful story of a love between two people in a time of hate pain and disarray Hemingway portrays Frederick as a lost man searching for order and value in his life Frederick is an American who serves as a lieutenant in the Italian army to a group of ambulance drivers Frederick strongly opposes the war which he is fighting in He sees it as violent and immoral However he remains fighting because the army puts some form of discipline in his life At the start of the novel Frederick drinks and travels from one house of prostitution to another and yet he is discontent because his life is very unsettled He admires his friend the priest because lives his life by a set of values that give him an orderly lifestyle Further into the novel Frederick becomes involved with Catherine Barkley He slowly falls in love with her and in his love for her he finds commitment Their relationship brings some order and value to his life Compared to this new form of order in his life he finds the losing Italian army as a sinking ship and yearns to escape it Fredericks desertion from the Italian army
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