A Farewell To Arms: Love and War Claimed by critics as one of the greatest love and war stories of all time, A Farewell To Arms is Ernest Hemingway s intense yet simple take of two young lovers who meet during the chaos of W. W. I and the relationship that endures until it s tragic end. A Farewell To Arms effected society as a whole, as well as being widely known as a very significant part of the literary canon.
This assertion is proven by the opinions of celebrated authors and professors throughout the literary world. Society was effected greatly by this book. The main way was that it gave the mothers, wives, and children of the men that had gone to war in the 1920 s a chance to read about what it might have been like for their loved ones as they were fighting. This novel remains one of Hemingway s best works just of it s descriptions of army life… (Geis mar). Never before had the people who stayed on the home front realized the magnitude of fighting in the war, whether it was on the front line, or like Henry, as an ambulance driver. In a time period where the luxury of a camera wasn t available, Hemingway took readers to a new place that hadn t been visited before.
All the descriptions of life at the front and in the hospitals, the talk of the officers, privates, and doctors, are crisply natural and make a convincing narrative (Cape). Another theme that was prominent through out, along with the theme of war was the idea of love lasting through war. A Farewell To Arms gave readers not just a look at war, but a look at the challenge that Henry and his lover Catherine were facing: trying to make love last through the dire consequences of war. This gave readers, especially the wives of the soldiers, something to strongly relate to. The love of Lieutenant Henry for the nurse Catherine Barkley… could only have come in the war and out of the war.
The story of this attachment is poetic, idyllic, tragic (Hutchinson). The love story present in the novel, as well as the approach Hemingway took to writing it was a new and fresh way of novel writing. Society hadn t been introduced to literature that talked about a couples sexual encounters the way Hemingway wrote about it. The story of the love… as hapless as that of Romeo and Juliet, is a high achievement in what might be termed the new romanticism (Hutchinson). A story of love and pain, of loyalty and desertion, A Farewell To Arms represented a new romanticism for Hemingway and brought a sensitive twist to a book describing the horrible encumbrances of war. Through the novel, Hemingway gave society an open window to a new type of literature.
Furthermore, Hemingway s honest depiction of dealing with death and love, as well as his fantastic historical background to W. W. I, leave A Farewell to Arms as a novel of great importance to the literary world of all generations. Even so, it may not have been the story line alone that made the book such an immense success, as much as the man who wrote it. Hemingway s style of writing was unlike any other. Hemingway felt the pules of the time and gave it an equivalent in words (Authors and Critics).
He was thought of as a master with a secure and preeminent place in the literary world. Upn the release of the novel, many thought A Farewell To Arms would be just another book to add to the growing list of war novels. They were wrong. It was freshness… it is a moving and beautiful book (Hutchinson). Readers were amazed with every fast of the book and it became a great success.
Currently, the book makes it possible for younger generations to get an accurate concept of what it was like during the the 1920 s and during W. W. I, a time that changed the world, as well as making it possible for older generations to go back to that time. The best American novel to emerge from W. W.
I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Hemingway s true and honest portrayal of the love between the two, caught in the unyielding sweep of war, glows with en intensity unrivaled in modern literature, effecting society and very simply becoming one of the most important and influential books in the literary canon.