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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway is a typical love story A Romeo and his Juliet placed against the odds In this novel Romeo is Frederick Henry and Juliet is Catherine Barkley Their love affair must survive the obstacles of World War I The background of war-torn Italy adds to the tragedy of the love story The war affects the emotions and values of each character The love between Catherine and Frederick must outlast long separations life-threatening war-time situations and the uncertainty of each others whereabouts or condition This novel is a beautiful love story of two people who need Frederick Henry is an American who serves as a lieutenant in the Italian army to a group of ambulance drivers Hemingway portrays Frederick as a lost man searching for order and value in his life Frederick disagrees with the war he is fighting It is too chaotic and immoral for him to rationalize its cause He fights anyway 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 befriends a priest because he admires the fact that the priest 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 forher he finds commitment Their relationship brings some order and value to his life Compared to this new form of order in his life Frederick sees the losing Italian army as total chaos and disorder where he had previously seen discipline and control He can no longer remain a part of something that is so disorderly and so he deserts the Italian army Fredericks desertion from the Italian army is the turning point of the novel This is the significance
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