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What influences the author to write a book It is either his or her experiences or what is happening in the world at that time What was the major influence for Ernest Hemingway to write A Farewell to Arms There were two One was World War I and the other his love affair with Agnes Von Kurowsky At this time Hemingway lives in Key West Florida but the book was published by Jonathon Cape Ltd in Great Britain The basic storyline of A Farewell to Arms is that Frederick Henry an American in the Italian ambulance service is serving on the Italian Front in World War I He gets injured in the legs and is sent to a hospital where he finds Catherine Barkley a nurse he met earlier on in the story and falls in love with her When he is sent back to the front there is a disaster and whilst he is returning he finds he is a wanted man He decides to flee to Switzerland and take Catherine Barkley with him What is happening at the world is called the context The main event in society which influenced A Farewell to Arms was World War I The novel was published in 1929 and World War I was from 1914 to 1918 since then the world has been and still is recovering from that great disaster World War I had great consequences on the world It brought many changes in society Many young men died during the war but this affected France more than any other country because its population dropped because of a low birth rate Millions of people were affected Some who had fled the areas because of war returned to homes which they fled to find houses farms or villages destroyed Others became refugees as a result of changes in governments and national borders Urban areas grew because many people did not return to their old way
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