Symbolism Of Rain In A Farewell To Arms

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Ernest Hemingway has been recognized as one of this centuries most unique writers. His style is sparse and definitive. He has been praised for his creative short descriptive sentences. In his loose autobiography, A Farewell to Arms, the sentences are full of simple nouns and verbs that don't whisper, rather they hammer details into the reader's subconscious. His words are the best possible word to use, most often, the simplest. With Hemingway's straightforward sentences, many critics site a major connection between his uncomplicated nouns and the symbolism they carry. Hemingway thoroughly enjoyed down-playing the idea of hidden symbolism in his books, as evidenced by his explanation of "Symbolismo," to a Cuban fisherman. After the release of The Old Man and The Sea, the local fisherman was confused by the word. Ernest enlightened the man by declaring, "Symbolismo, es un truco nuevo de los intellectuales." (Baker 506) He sincerely felt that critics and intellectuals placed too much emphasis on hidden meanings and the author's intent to use them. Although whenever asked he would always reply with a quip about intellectuals and the over-emphasis on the symbolism he had intended for specific minute details, his writing is deeply symbolic, whether he meant it or not, because it is wonderfully universal and timeless. In order to recognize and appreciate any literary techniques Ernest Hemingway employs, the reader must be familiar with the story and its' characters. The novel is based mainly in Italy and revolves around Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American in the Italian army. It is also set during the first World War. At the ambulance station where he is assigned, he meets a young nurse and continues to visit her from time to time. When Lt. Henry becomes injured while eating spaghetti in a bunker on the front-line, the novel's true plotline becomes evident. By being sent to a hospital in Milan, the door is once again opened on the budding romance of Lt. Henry and Catherine Barkley, the recently transferred, English nurse. Henry grows mentally and spiritually because of this relationship as the book progress's. Fredric tells us, "God knows I hadn't wanted to fall in love with her. I had not wanted to fall in love with anyone."(Hemingway 93) When they both meet in Milan.Symbolism in this novel is evident in the...

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