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In A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway tells about a love tragedy between an American Lt Frederic Henry and an English nurse Catherine Barkley The background of the book is during World War I Henry is in charge of an ambulance He meets Catherine in a hospital with his best friend Rinaldi who initially likes Catherine The love game that Catherine brings up with Henry is over However Henry continues to swear his love to Catherine even after he gets wounded in the war As the Italians lose the army starts to retreat On the retreat Henry shoots one of the engineers that he orders to help the stuck car On the way Henry is captured by the battle police who are nearly killing every Italian soldier Accidently Henry gets away by diving into a river thinking that his entire obligation flows away with the current It is only Catherine he thinks of Henry meets up with Catherine in the town of Stresa and they decide to go to Switzerland At the time when Catherine is pregnant and about to give birth they move to a Lausanne which is closer to hospital Finally Catherine gives a birth to a stillborn boy and dies and Henry walks back to the hotel on a rainy night In the Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway codes the story with his featured writing style existentialism and the Hemingway CodeHemingway develops the story with featured writing style which is his irony language and using short and declarative sentences In the story Hemingway uses irony to reflect his ending with Agnes Von Kurowsky Rain is a symbol of Hemingways irony that he uses where good things come to an end In page 126 Catherine says Im afraid of the rain because sometimes I see me die in it Catherines fear comes true in the end Catherine dies in the rain and Henry does not have a chance to say goodbye
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