William Faulkner’s Review of Farewell to Arms

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This is the main argument in the novel. An affair develops between Lieutenant Frederic Henry and the nurse Catherine Barkley and this forms the central or focal point of the book. The two fall in love when Henry is injured and has to be treated in the hospital that Catherine works at. Their strong feelings and passion for one another are not hindered by the prospects of the war and they are willing to give it a try. At the peak of the First World War, these two are able to just put aside all the inconveniences of the war and let their love be the driving force in their lives. It is the love they have for one another that leads to them taking extreme measures all in hope of running away from the antagonistic war and finally being free to love one another. As the war continues to maximize, the two are more convinced that they cannot be together. the only option is to flee and find peace for themselves within this unsafe territories. Frederick Henry decides to run away from the Italian army and he and his wife move to a quiet place far from civilization where they can find peace and escape from the war. It is evident that love reigns within the book. The two main characters all make important decisions based on the love that exists between them. All that they pursue is a place where they do not have to worry about the war taking one of them. They for a long time feared of losing a partner to the war and the only way this was to be avoided was to completely run away from the war.