Gatsby and Henry: Obsession Viewed in Two Different Lenses

Ernest Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby revolve around one primary character who serves as a vessel that reveals the major theme of the book. The Great Gatsby chronicles Jay Gatsby’s pursuit of love, while Farewell to Arms is the story of Frederic Henry, a man caught in the midst … Read moreGatsby and Henry: Obsession Viewed in Two Different Lenses

Superstition Versus Religion and Its Parallels to Love as Seen Through the Relationship Between Catherine and Frederic in A Farewell To Arms

The romance between Frederic and Catherine in A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway parallels humanity’s struggle between superstition and religion. Their relationship starts merely as a façade based on physical attraction, but quickly grows into a deeper love. At its commencement, Frederic and Catherine feel the need for something substantial to cling to in … Read moreSuperstition Versus Religion and Its Parallels to Love as Seen Through the Relationship Between Catherine and Frederic in A Farewell To Arms

The Need for Repetition: Hemingway’s Sparse Landscape in A Farewell to Arms

In his novel A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway uses parataxis extensively. With this structure Hemingway avoids making causal connections in his narration; this is one of the most famous aspects of Hemingway’s writing. But the unpredictability that the anti-causal nature of the narrative suggests, is counteracted by another, less apparent, narrative tool of Hemingway’s. … Read moreThe Need for Repetition: Hemingway’s Sparse Landscape in A Farewell to Arms

Natural Symbolism, Death, and Language

Ernest Hemingway’s novel A Farewell to Arms (1929) uses nature to structure the novel and provide symbols that replace human emotions. Nature serves as a basic structure for the plot and the actions that occur. It also emerges as a source of symbols that replace human sentiment or feelings. Characters die and there is no … Read moreNatural Symbolism, Death, and Language

Hemingway’s Catherines: Death Drives and Destruction in A Farewell to Arms and The Garden of Eden

Catherine Barkley, who predeceases the retrospective narration of her bereaved lover in A Farewell to Arms, has nevertheless transcended her untimely death to become immortalized as a frequent and much-debated subject of Hemingway criticism. Since her debut in 1929, Catherine has taken many a turn beneath the critical microscope as scholars have shuffled through various … Read moreHemingway’s Catherines: Death Drives and Destruction in A Farewell to Arms and The Garden of Eden

Influence of contextual factors across American Literature

World war one is a defining part of history worldwide, lasting from 1914 to 1918. Although America only joined the war in 1917, its effects were inescapable, and consequently the war is alluded to in many works of literature from the time. The war was actually economically good for America – profits from munitions production … Read moreInfluence of contextual factors across American Literature

Irony and the Brutality of War in A Farewell to Arms

In 1929, Ernest Hemingway wrote A Farewell to Arms. During this era, there were many books centered on the Great War. Percy Hutchinson, a contemporary writer for the New York Times, predicted that Hemingway’s book “[…] is to be given classification, [it] belongs to the rapidly crowding shelf of war novels.” While many other authors, however, … Read moreIrony and the Brutality of War in A Farewell to Arms