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This novel shows the existentialist way of thinking in the way that each persons life in the war was unique and the existence of that individual is unexplainable Each move and each act is that persons responsibility which may lead to something else sometimes the difference between life and death There is no God to watch over man to dictate morality or to reassure justice Instead the universe is indifferent and hostile to a soldiers life In the book this indifference is portrayed best by the war which is an ultimately hostile and deadly struggle of man against man There are no winners in a war and there is no reasoning behind the lives that are taken Hemingways novel is about love and war This story shows the real side of the war that isnt a story about heroes and happy endings or coming out happier than when you went in with pride and justice Hemingway shows that war wasnt always the way it was portrayed it wasnt a good thing like many of the men who joined thought it would be Instead it was going out on a field and leaving your life up to chance No one knew what would happen next you went out not knowing if you were going to live or die and if you lived you would come out wondering why you didnt die and why someone else didnt live It was hard to think straight when they would be thinking of all of these things Lieutenant Henry the main character was an ambulance driver for the Italian military he was only getting food for his men when an explosion injured his leg and other parts of his body and killed the man he had come with The explosion put him in critical condition and in the hospital This shows that you couldnt plan what would happen next things were all mixed up and there was just no telling
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