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Hello and Goodbye In the book A Farewell to Arms there are a number of themes The two main themes that are clearly pointed out are love and war Love is a word that sounds like a good time and being happy war on the other hand is a word which refers to bad times sadness and suffering The book A Farewell to Arms follows a pattern of events where good things happen and bad things happen always occurring after each other The book begins with Frederic Henry the main character telling of his situation working as an ambulance driver in the Italian army in World War I Here he meets a beautiful English nurse name Catherine Barkley whom he fools around with and makes a joke out of their relationship This doesnt last long though for Henry is wounded while on the job and is sent to an American hospital where Catherine works When his wounds are healed the army gives him some time off so he decides to take it and travel Europe with Catherine When he returns from his trip he joins up with his unit once again where the reunion is short lived Italian military police arrest him for not being Italian Henry escapes though and joins up with Catherine They decide to go to Switzerland where they plan to marry after their baby is born When Catherine goes into labor though the doctor says her pelvis is too narrow He is forced to perform an unsuccessful Caesarean section that leaves both Catherine and the baby dead The poem The Tide Rises The Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow has a theme that relates with A Farewell to Arms perfectly When reading the title alone it practically says good times versus bad times In both of these writings there are symbols of both bad and good things Both also have characters and stanzas that reflect off each other In A Farewell
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