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In many works the conflict involved is an inner conflict within the protagonist Two external forces pulling in opposite directions which the protagonist must sort out and decide which is more important to follow This is especially evident in the mind of Frederick Henry from Ernest Hemingways A Farewell to Arms for he must decide to follow his obligations to the Italian army in World War I or follow his love for Catherine Barkley Frederick Henry is an American who serves as a lieutenant in the Italian army to a group of ambulance drivers whom is portrayed by Hemingway as a lost man searching for order and value in his life Frederick disagrees with the war he is fighting because it is too chaotic and immoral for him to rationalize its cause however he fights anyway in order to achieve the discipline which the army forces into his life This is the source of the first external force which applies to Fredericks thoughts and decisions 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 and lacking any order 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 which is another indication that desire for order is controlling his actions Further into the novel Frederick becomes involved with Catherine Barkley and is first starting to show sighs of another force coming into play His desire to be with Catherine is acting contrary to his desire to remain in the war and achieve discipline and order He slowly falls in love with her and in his love for her he finds commitment Their relationship brings some order and value to his life which is however completely different from the sort of order found in the army With this new form
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