This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Analysis Of A Farewell To Arms Chapter One

636 words - 3 pages

Elia Abou Rached
Literature II Essay
Professor Curtis Brown

Chapter one of A Farewell to Arms opens with a descriptive overview of the setting the narrator is in, but the author doesn’t give away any information neither about the location of the battle nor about the identity of the narrator. Although the author is writing about war, he doesn’t focus on the gore or glory aspect of it. The description is detached and almost journalistic, with a mournful and repetitive tone. The language used here is emptied of passion, and this might be caused by the harshness and cruelty the narrator had been exposed to. The dominant tone of this opening chapter is irony, and it reaches its peak at the end of the chapter when nature and war combine forces and conspire against man.
The chapter moves through different seasons of the year and portrays the constructive and destructive aspects of nature. One of ...view middle of the document...

The first chapter has very little obvious metaphors with the most prominent being the comparison of the soldiers and their equipment to pregnant women “gone with child”. Even this obvious simple-worded metaphor has hidden meaning and the word gone acts as a portent of the deaths of these soldiers. The rest of the chapter may seem to contain simple descriptions, but these descriptions are there to show the despair beneath the surface. At the beginning, the setting may seem natural and ordinary, but each scene of nature has war integrated into it. Hemingway uses a technique that makes simple description metaphorical. The trees for example, usually affiliated with life and beauty, are covered with the dust raised by the marching soldiers. The mountains, which otherwise would have been considered majestic are tainted with the glow of artillery flashes that look like “summer lightning”.
Hemingway uses repetition in the form of repeating certain words a multitude of times. Some of the words used the most are dust, bare, and rain. This repetition serves to put the reader in the narrator’s mindset and helps the reader understand gloomy nature of the setting. When reading words such as bare repetitively, one cannot but get the harsh feel of a place haunted by war. Repetition, here, also conveys a sense of experience as it was experienced; the reader can tell the narrator had lived in the place he is describing. Most of the words repeated have negative connotations, they serve to show the reader that the narrator’s experiences with war were not pleasant experiences.
It is evident that the author’s view is neither heroic nor patriotic, but extremely pessimistic. He regards war as being meaningless and catastrophic, and this is portrayed by phrases such as “not successful” and “things went very badly”. The entire first chapter is coated with negativity towards war which shows in the narrator’s description of nature and the soldiers. The reader can tell that the narrator has indeed witnessed war and was caught up in it and that he was not reporting it from afar.

Other Papers Like Analysis of a Farewell to Arms Chapter One

Farewell To Arms Essay

978 words - 4 pages A Farewell To Arms War can bring out the worst in a person. Throughout the novel, A Farewell To Arms, by Ernest Hemmingway, Fredrick Henry an ambulance driver is required to accomplish many feats during the chaos of war. The things that happen are only things that a strong person, a hero, can endure. Fredrick proves to be a person of self- discipline, conviction, action, and who is able to remain composed under immense pressure. These to

A Farewell to Arms Within the Critical Framework of Feminism and the Principles of Post Structuralism

3292 words - 14 pages opinions. The feminist attacks on Catherine make her sound too good to be true, subjugating her own sense of self in order to make Frederick Henry be in love with her. Fetterly assigns Catherine the role of unattainable goddess. As per ?? analysis of still life in A Farewell to Arms Catherine is fits in with the rest of the landscape, for Frederick Henry’s aesthetic appreciation, a feast for his senses. Frederick Henry’s thoughts of

Free Essays - Escape From Reality In A Farewell To Arms

818 words - 4 pages Escape from Reality in A Farewell to Arms   In Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, Fredric Henry gets involved with Catherine Barkley to escape the insanity of war. Frederic loves Catherine. Catherine loves Frederic. The extreme situation of war and fate allowed both of them to be thrown together and fall in love. This love for one another was an escape into another world for Frederic. It provided him emotionally with a private

A Farewell to Arms has several symbolic features in his

565 words - 3 pages A Farewell to Arms has several symbolic features in his book, for instance water and rain. When rain is mentioned something bad happens like someone dies or someone gets hurt. Every writer has his or her own style of writing. Hemingway chose water, so the reader would know something bad would happen. So the water would be symbolic because it?s not a coincidence, it only rains when there?s death or someone?s hurt.?I don?t know, darling. I?ve

Free Essays - Characterization in A Farewell to Arms

1215 words - 5 pages Characterization in a Passage from A Farewell to Arms     Anger was washed away in the river along with any obligation. Although that ceased when the carabiniere put his hands on my collar. I would like to have had the uniform off although I did not care much about the outward forms. I had taken off the stars, but that was for convenience. It was no point of honor. I was not against them. I was through. I wished them all

System Design and Analysis Chapter One

849 words - 4 pages interact with one another, typically by class, data or behavior, to create a model that shows the intended purpose of the system as a whole. Structured analysis is both the physical and logical layers of the computer application. These are the data flows, data models, structure charts, and state models.

"Farewell To Arms" By Ernest Hemingway: Who Is The More Admirable Character - Frederic Henry Or Catherine Barkley?

956 words - 4 pages "Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway is a novel of love and war during the First World War, narrated by the main character, Frederic Henry, an American ambulance driver for the Italian army. Between Frederic and his love companion Catherine Barkley, the reader observes the personality traits of both their good and their bad. While Catherine is viewed in a more positive light by not only Hemingway on a few occasions, but also the author of the

Chapter One Up To The Starting Line

1072 words - 5 pages and horror to protect ones own territory. No one is living for a brighter future anymore; everyone has lost hope and is just waiting for the end of the world. Hope depends on future generations, if there is no fertilization anymore; there is nothing to hope or look forward to, as explain in the film. "It was reasonable to struggle, to suffer, perhaps even to die, for a more just, a more compassionate society, but not in a world with no future

The Right To Bear Arms A Constitutional Conflict

1968 words - 8 pages Amendment right. The court held that “Textual analysis shows one dependent (”A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state”) and one independent (”the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed”) clause” (US v. Emerson). Historically, the right to bear arms originated from Britain when they colonized America, also known as the English tyranny versus the American liberty. As America gained its

Chapter 4 Analysis of Financial Statements

3744 words - 15 pages CHAPTER 4 ------------------------------------------------- ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 1. A firm wants to strengthen its financial position. Which of the following actions would increase its quick ratio? a. Offer price reductions along with generous credit terms that would (1) enable the firm to sell some of its excess inventory and (2) lead to an increase in accounts receivable. b. Issue new common stock and use the

Chapter 1,2,3 – Answers to Assigned End of the Chapter Questions

1234 words - 5 pages distribution of the product to the customers, and investments that take advantage of government regulations creating barriers to entry. 2-10. Capital budgeting policy can thwart corporate strategy if strategic implications are not recognized in the analysis of capital investments. A policy biased in favor of replacement decisions, for example, can keep the company from changing its product emphasis to implement its strategy. Focusing on short-term

Related Essays

A Farewell To Arms Essay

1000 words - 4 pages A farewell to Arms The novel A Farewell to Arms possesses a circular plot. This is because in the beginning Henry is alone and he is still alone in the end. Another reason is because the first chapter reports the death of soldiers whereas at the end the novel deals with Catherine’s death. A sense of somberness runs through the whole novel (Merklein 2003). The main theme that stands out in this novel is that of a flattering perception of love

A Farewell To Arms Essay

769 words - 4 pages A Farewell to Arms - Response 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, literature and simple, and here in less than a month I read two books that are undoubtedly among the best I have encountered

Farewell To Arms Essay

503 words - 3 pages in A Farewell to Arms is very much apparent. Ernest Hemingway has always been one who is big on the symbolism of night as being bad. To the main character in Hemingway's novels, nights have always been a sign of death, or something negative to happen. Another one of the symbolisms in A Farewell to Arms is when Henry tries to escape from the Italian army by jumping off one of the ships the army was traveling on and running

Farewell To Arms Essay

788 words - 4 pages ones, and the brave ones, and the calm ones and the sensible ones, and they deserved it. But it was not my show any more and I wished this bloody train would get to Mestre and I would eat and stop thinking. I would have to stop." [Page 222]'A Farewell To Arms' is about the experiences of love and war and how one man, the main character Henry, deals with the overwhelming adversities of death and defeat in war and death in his own personal life. The