Mrs. Schuet's AP Literature Class of '16 discussion

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

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Pamela Perez | 1 comments I am reading this book because it is based on a true experience of the author during his time as a soldier in World War 1. Likewise, it's the love story of the author who falls in love with a nurse who he meets during the war.

I am in page 16. The story so far starts with describing the change of the environment as the troops march in through the village carrying carts with artillery. There is a fight up at the mountains and the people watch the light of armies firing each other and bombing one another. The captain of the army harasses a priest about his liking with women and the fact he has never slept with one , as the others argue that wise men are atheists. After trying to convince Henry, the main character, a place to depart, the soldiers head to a whorehouse.

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Jeffrey Chen | 4 comments There is suppose to be a lot of violence and gore in WWI, yet the book seems to be a love story. Does the story talk more about the violence of WWI or the love between the two people? Is Hemingway using this juxtaposition in a significant purpose or to convey a message?

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Mackenzie Cox | 4 comments How does nature contribute to the setting of the war and what could it suggest about the deeper meaning of the work? Also there is a lot of water imaginary throughout the book specifically what does the rain symbolize and why is it significant?

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