A Farewell to Arms is a semi-autobiographical novel by writer Ernest Hemingway written in 1929. Most of this novel was written at Hemingway’s parents’ house in Piggott, Arkansas. Considered by many critics to be one of the greatest war novels of all time, the story is narrated through the account of Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American who drove an ambulance in the Italian army at the time. World War I.
Henry is an American but he joined the Italian army in the war against Austria. During a mission with his teammates, unfortunately had an incident and he was captured by the Italian gendarmerie because he thought he was an enemy. After that, he escaped and discarded his uniform to return to normal life, so as not to have to witness the death, tragic scenes of war …
However, life is not as expected. Henry returned to live happily and warmly with his wife Catherine Barkley, and look forward to the day of the birth of his little child. However, the baby eventually died after birth and Catherine also died. Henry has to accept the present painfully just as he has accepted to see his friends go before:
“Everyone is the same. Everyone must die. Die without understanding what death is, never have time to give me a rule and I’m a little wrong that they kill me right away. Or pretend to die without cause like Aymo. Or I pretend to be a god like Rinaldi. But then, I will eventually die. Just believe that, keep persevering and it’s my turn.”