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Changing With Time Throughout their lives people are forced to face obstacles and decisions that are presented with the passing of time These impediments can later make or break the persons life depending on how they prepare for them By adjusting oneself to the situation and adapting with time the person will succeed by reaching true happiness However by ignoring the situation at hand and drawing oneself to the past the person will fail to lead a pleasant self-fulfilling life The characters that are presented as either survivors or failures include Catherine Barkley and Frederick Henry from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway Nicole and Dick Diver of Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald and Quentin Caddy Jason and Miss Quentin from The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner The characters either succeed by gaining freedom and independence or fail by not adapting with time and not accepting what time brings In A Farewell to Arms Frederick Henry an ambulance driver for the Italian Army is a discontent man looking for substance and meaning in his life He has no religion and has lost faith in all that he believes in When Frederick is introduced into the book he is presented as an aimless young man whose life was meant for making adventures He has nothing to live for and is unable to discover any meaning in life He jokes with his fellow officers whores with local prostitutes and drinks with everyone It is evident that Frederick left America for Italy to begin a more thrilling and glamorous life contrary to the ordinary American peacetime life He is however very sympathetic and sensitive to others His sensitive and more sympathetic side is restricted by fear embarrassment and naivet An example is in chapter two when a few fellow 1 2 officers ridicule their priest One of the majors say to Frederick Priest every night five against one Everyone at the
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