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Death In Ernest Hemingway´S A Farewell To Arms

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Death is amongst the major concern during the World War 1-era of Ernest Hemingway’s novel, A Farwell to Arms. In Ernest Hemingway’s A Farwell to Arms, he feels that death seems to be of resignation. He accepts death as inevitable, and in the context of war, senseless death is everywhere. Death waits for everyone through the attitudes that cowards and brave people have. However, he feels that a person can face the inevitable with bravery and courage. Hemingway believes death is inevitable, but courage still matters as evidenced by courage, bravery, and love.
Through Henry and Catherine’s relationship and experiences together, Hemingway demonstrates the belief that while death is inescapable, it is still important to face death with courage. Henry is stating that he has made a “separate peace” with the war which means he is trying to forget about it. When Lt. Henry and Catherine were discussing about how they are going to be in the future, Lt. Henry states, “If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places. But those it will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very brave impartially” (249). The world has to kill them to destroy them if people have courage. The people that show a lot of courage can be known as heroes in the world, but they will soon break a part. This proves that beliefs of a person will break and gradually die when life is not the way they want it. People who are good, gentle, and brave can overcome difficult obstacles, but it was eventually destroy those who do not break.
Henry’s reflections and thoughts about love and sacrifice explain how his injury can overcome the fear of death. When the priest was speaking to Henry about how he can be happy, the priest states, “When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You...

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