The Truth of War Exposed in A Farewell to Arms Essay

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The Truth of War Exposed in A Farewell to Arms

The soldier takes his last breath as he faces the menacing glare of the beast known as the enemy gun. Emotions run through him as he awaits the final blow that will determine his destiny. Memories flash through his mind, none of which will be of any significance once he leaves this world. Out of the barrel of the gun, had suddenly come terror, murder, and chaos, all at once. "I say it's rotten. Jesus Christ, I say it's rotten." (Hemingway 35) Summarized in two sentences is Ernest Hemingway's personal attitude towards World War I.

In A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway, the characters criticize the war and views it as the source of their misery. Instead of finding the
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The soldiers have little will nor care for what they're fighting for. They are only mechanized creatures, expected to report to duty when called. "Even the peasants know better than to believe in a war. Everybody hates this war. There is a class that controls a country that is stupid and does not realize anything and never can. Also they make money out of it." (51) Ambulance-driver Passini, the speaker of this quote, feels that war is stupid because it is being taken advantage of, with some profiting from it while others are losing their lives. He questions the motives behind the war and selfish driving force behind it. Through this cynical tone set by Hemingway's characters, he reveals his feelings of condemnation towards the war.

Next, through the use of an ironic tone in describing the nature environment, Hemingway shows his contempt against the destructiveness of the war. Every glimpse of nature seen in the novel is interrupted by the effects of not-so-distant war. "The water was clear and blue in the channels. Troops went by the house and down the road and the dust they raised powdered the leaves of the trees. The trunks of the trees too were dusty and the leaves fell early that year." (3) The soldiers intrude on the picture-perfect nature scene as they march into view, leaving behind the evidence of

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