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A Farewell to Arms Essay Many novels use contrast images of the land or surroundings to contribute to the central meaning of the work In Ernest Hemingways A Farewell to Arms the foil images of Italy and Switzerland help shape the theme of the book which is the cruelty of war and what it does to people The descriptions of the two countries Italy and Switzerland are greatly different and represent two types of places On one hand Italy is a site of cruelty and death Here is where all of the war and fighting takes place throughout the novel The front and plains in Italy are described to be where all the death and disaster happen to the armies and the volunteers Henry and the other men even were wounded with not even being in battle They were just eating some cheese and drinking some wine when they were bombed Here many of the people lost hope and moral because of the death surrounding them Rinaldi even told Henry that this war is killing me I am very depressed by it A major even told Henry It has been bad You couldnt believe how bad its been Ive often thought you Henry were lucky to be hit when you were This shows how death and the war affected everyone making them dejected and downhearted It got so bad Henry even decided to escape from the Italian army and leave the front to escape to Switzerland On the other hand Switzerland is a place of peace and hope because no fighting took place here Switzerland was neutral during the war so it was a perfect place to escape the cruelty of war In this land of mountains is where the Priests homeland was The Priest symbolized morals and goodness so that is why its a wonderful place for people to regain hope
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