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A Farewell to Arms The Hemingway Code Hero Ernest Hemingways 1914-1918 autobiographical novel A Farewell to Arms takes place on the Italian front during World War I Frederic Henry the main character is a young American ambulance driver for the Italian army during the war He is extremely disciplined and courageous but feels detached from life Rinaldi a surgeon and friend of Frederics introduces him to an English nurse named Catherine Barkley Once introduced Frederic discovers a capacity for love that he never knew he held They begin seeing each other frequently but keep it secret for fear of the army getting involved While they were dating Henry was hurt in the war and sent to another hospital away from Catherine Throughout the novel Frederic changes from an innocent young soldier to a Hemingway code hero Critics gave the term code hero to Hemingways novels because of the exact characteristics of writing each has A code hero is one who is a brave man of action knowledge stoical and a strong survivor Frederics change into the code hero is displayed through his change in the way he looks at life and war His experiences show that life is a trap and there is no hope for happiness In the beginning Frederic exhibits few characteristics of becoming the code hero His views on life and the war are extremely naive innocent and idealistic Early in the book he is more of a spectator to the war because he only notices his surroundings but misses the effects of the situation he is in When talking about the war and the epidemic of cholera that has come through he says Only seven thousand have died This illustrates his innocent perception of the war because he doesnt acknowledge how many people have actually died Without understanding the reality of his surroundings he forgets that he too can die from the war When the Italian army decides they must
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