A Farewell to Arms Critique

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A Farewell to Arms Critique


The overall tone of the book is much different than that of The Sun Also Rises. The
characters in the book are propelled by outside forces, in this case WWI, where the
characters in SAR seemed to have no direction. Frederick's actions are determined by his
position until he deserts the army.Floating down the river with barely a hold on a piece
of wood his life, he abandons everything except Catherine and lets the river take him to a
new life that becomes increasing difficult to understand.


The escape to Switzerland seemed too perfect for a book that set a tone of ugliness in the
world that was only dotted with pure love like Henry's and Cat's and I knew the story
couldn't end with bliss in the slopes of Montreux. In a world where the abstracts of
glory, honor, and sacrifice meant little to Frederick, his physical association with
Catherine was the only thing he had and it was taken away from him long before she died.


The love that Frederick and Catherine had for each other was more than could be explained
in words and Frederick makes it known that words are not really effective at describing
the flesh and blood details. Their love during an ugly war was not to be recreated or
modeled even as much as through a baby conceived by their love. The baby could not be born
alive because their love was beautiful yet doomed so that nothing could come out of it.
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