A Farewell to Arms

A Farewell to Arms

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.

Hemingway\'s language is effective in leaving
much to the readers interpretation and allowing a different image to form
in each readers mind. The simple sentences and incomplete descriptions
frees your imagination and inspires each person to develop their own bitter
love story.