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Free Essays – Truth in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms Farewell Arms Essays

Truth in A Farewell to Arms If The Sun Also Rises was one of the best books I have ever read, then A Farewell to Arms is Truth. I simply cannot believe that these books existed so long without my knowledge of how grand they are. I consider myself to read constantly, more than almost anyone I know, and here in less than a month I read two books that are undoubtedly among the best I have encountered. When I finished FTA I was of course stunned by the death of Catherine and the baby and Henry’s sudden solitude. “What happens now?” I felt, as I so often do when I finish a book that I want to go on forever. This is infinitely more difficult with a book that has no conclusion, and FTA leaves a reader not only emotionally exhausted but also just as alone as Henry and with nowhere to go. The entire work was aware of where it was going and what was going to happen next, and then to stop the way it did was unfair. Now, I’ve read enough essays while deciding which would be the topic for my class presentation that I know many people see that the unfairness of life and the insignificance of our free will are apparently the most important themes in the book, but I don’t agree. I also don’t agree that it is a war story or a love story. Exactly what it is, though, is not clear to me. Can’t art exist without being anything? “There isn’t always an explanation for everything.” War and love are obviously important themes in the book, and the relationship between the two is explored by Hemingway and, somewhat, by Henry. In the first two Books we are in the war and the war is overwhelming. In the last two Books we are in love. And, just as the first two Books are peppered with love in the time of war, the last two Books are tinged with war in the time of love. The third Book is the bridge between the two ‘stories’ and it is not surprising that it centers on the escape. It is during the escape that Henry resolves that he is through with the war (a war in which he really has no place) and decides that all he wants is to be with Catherine. Until the third Book Henry doesn’t seem to be agonizingly concerned with matters of right or wrong in the war and it seems, in fact, separate from him. Even when he is injured it doesn’t appear that he is really a part of the war which surrounds him. He maintains a distance from it and this distance isn’t really closed until Aymo is killed by his own army, he discovers that Bonello is only staying with him out of respect, and he is almost killed as a spy. After this he resolves to desert the army and be reunited with his love, Catherine. Henry is no dummy and he could easily tell that everything was not all correct with Cat, which leads to the question of his love for her. You must admit that Cat is a bit…well… flaky when they first meet. She loses that persona soon enough, although I couldn’t help but distrust her integrity until somewhere in the middle of the fourth Book. It is also difficult to believe wholeheartedly in his love for her until much later in their relationship, and it leaves me wondering if he is leaving his involvement in the war because of his unfailing love for Cat or if Cat and any feelings he has for her are just excuses to escape the insanity of the war he experiences in the third Book. When he is with Catherine, they are in another place, untouched by the war, both symbolically (in the tent of her hair) and literally (in Switzerland). [It seems like I don’t ever say anything earth-shattering, or even critical, in these response papers, and I’m not sure if I’m supposed to do that. The line, “The war seemed as far away as the football games of some one else’s college,” is beautiful.]

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the Industrial Revolution

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the Industrial Revolution

Besides being the secular story of Christmas time in an

urban setting, A Christmas Carol, tells the sacred story of

Christmas as well. With A Christmas Carol, Dickens initiated an

ongoing creative process in the Anglo-American imagination. As a

result of the Industrial Revolution and the growth and

development of cities people’s lives changed drastically as they

moved from the life and traditions of the country into those of the

city. As industrialization continued, for many people in the city

living and working conditions worsened. As reports of horrible

working conditions increased so did the literature of social

concern for reform.. Prior to the publication of A Christmas Carol

the ideas and concerns of various reform bills sparked increased

debate over political and social issues. Whether or not Dickens

had A Christmas Carol specifically in mind, it is clear that the

Industrial Revolution was an important factor in making his

Christmas story a tale for the times.

Dickens was concerned about the working and living

conditions during the Industrial Revolution, when the book was

written. These are reflected in Ebenezer Scrooge. He is the

shown as the mean and hateful owner, who could care less if his

workers are well because he could always get more people. He

knew this because during the Industrial Revolution there were

more people than there were jobs, so people had to settle for

worse conditions because that was all there was. When two men

some into his shop wan…

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…ooge indeed changes his ways he can in a sense “spoonge

away the writing on the stone” and begin a new life. It is

significant that Scrooge promises that “the Spirits of all Three

shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they

teach”. This statement is indicative of several Christian statements

of faith promising to live and follow the teachings of the “Three”

God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit.

When we first met Scrooge, we are informed, and also

observe that he is cold, miserly, and bitter. However, after the

visit of the Ghost of Christmas future, Scrooge changes into a

generous and cheerful man. It is clear that something must have

caused a man who is really nice, turn into a mean and nasty

person, in this case it was the Industrial Revolution.

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