In A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway portrays the idea that life and war create nothing but hopelessness and tragedy.
use the novel as a backdrop for selecting a argumentative topic for a research paper for ENG1B course. Student need to think about the central themes/points in the novel to help them generate idea for their research topic. Students need to use literary critics or criticism to help construct their argument; in addition, they need to use credible source(Peer Reviewed) like journals/literary criticism in MLA
It should have an introduction with historical background on your topic (summary of topic arguing)
Relationships are difficult. Especially when you have to deal with more than just the other person. There might be distance, jobs, family, or in the case of A Farewell to Arms, this little thing called a World War. And you know what? No matter how intense love might be, sometimes it simply can't conquer all.
A Farewell to Arms was published in 1929 by , a -winning American author. This novel is semi-autobiographical. Like the protagonist, Hemingway served in the Italian Army as a ambulance driver during , got wounded, and spent time in an American Army in , where he met a nurse. But unlike Hemingway, the novel's protagonist starts a love affair with the nurse. Similar to characters in A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway was deeply influenced by his experiences at war. In fact, Hemingway is considered to be part of the "The Lost Generation." The phrase was coined by to refer to Modernist artists who felt "lost" after witnessing the horrors of .
Hemingway certainly relied on his own experiences in WWI Italy to write this novel, but he did use other sources as well. Though A Farewell to Arms begins in 1916, Hemingway didn’t get to Italy until the summer of 1918. The Italian , described in such detailed in the novel, began in October 1917. So how did Hemingway describe it so well? The novel is meticulously researched. Hemingway was a journalist and worked for the newspaper when the retreat was on, read details of it, and was extremely concerned over the war in general. (For a discussion of the importance of newspapers to the novel, see "Symbols, Imagery, and Allegory.") It’s likely that such concern inspired him to enlist with the Red Cross in the first place.
A Farewell to Arms caused a lot of fuss when its first installment was published by Scribner’s Magazine. The Boston superintendent of police kept Scribner’s off newsstands, though not for long. He claimed it was pornography. (Check out "Sex" for more.) Luckily, the ban only boosted sales and gave the novel free publicity. Nowadays, it’s hardly considered pornographic and is instead known for its sensitive depiction of the war. The novel is even taught at U.S. military academies.