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The romance between Frederic and Catherine in A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway parallels humanitys struggle between superstition and religion Their relationship starts merely as a faade based on physical attraction but quickly grows into a deeper love At its commencement Frederic and Catherine feel the need for something substantial to cling to in the rapidly changing world around them They assume that they are in love much as people in any society cling to their superstitions in times of great difficulty not truly grasping the fundamentals of the religion on which those superstitions are based According to Reverend John Nicola a renowned authority on Catholicism and an adjunct professor of theology at Yale University superstition ignores the findings of science seeing empirical reality as shallow and meaningless it focuses on unseen spiritual realities and interjects irrational fears and senseless preconceived notions On the other hand religion incorporates spiritual dimensions of reality through theological and philosophical considerations A superstitious person uses a ritual or symbol that denotes an aspect of his religion as an integral piece of worship when in fact it remains only a small part of that religion In this way he never takes the time to gain a deeper understanding of what that rite represents In context the Italian society does not understand the war Its people use superstition to ease their fears about the death that surrounds them They focus on one aspect of the religion and use that to ward off any ill-fated events choosing to ignore any real religious basis The fact that their relationship is founded in the heart of a war as well as that it is constantly faced with the imminent possibility of death pushes Frederic and Catherine into a romance that neither would necessarily have had under different circumstances While Italy is changing around them they use each other to shield themselves from the fear of the unexpected tomorrow The couple develops rituals in
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