A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

The horrors and the barbarism!The pages of human history daubed in bloodshed related to wars and violence ask the crying question. How to make this Planet Earth heaven-like and create a fountain of love in human hearts? The answer is simple and straightforward. Eyes full of understanding and the life that refuses conflicts-enough these alone are enough! Most of the Hemingway characters in the novel, who have firsthand experiences of the war-front have come to this conclusion. Barrel of the gun can not bring world peace, nor contribute to human happiness. This is an anti-war novel in the real sense. The book is the gist of real-life experiences of Hemingway, believable and highly readable!A youngster joins the army with high-flown idealism. He has read the great success stories, adventures and knows about the medallions won by the starred generals, the euphoria and hype in the media about war, the name and fame, etc. But an ordinary soldier realizes the actual state of affairs when he is fighting the war in the rough terrains, digging the mud, in acute conditions. After-all, a soldier is a human being. “Farewell to Arms” is basically a love story that details the relationship between Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley. Frederic describes his first intimation and his feelings for Catherine Barkley are more significant than he has previously felt for women. He states, "I had treated seeing Catherine very lightly, I had gotten somewhat drunk and had nearly forgotten to come but when I could not see her there I was feeling lonely and hollow." (41) The love between the two was instant and imminent. Hemingway describes it thus when Frederic and Catherine are reunited in Milan. "When I saw her I was in love with her. Everything turned over inside of me. She looked toward the door, saw there was no one, then she sat on the side of the bed and leaned over and kissed me. I pulled her down and kissed her and felt her heart beating." (91)