Irony in Ernest Hemingways
Provide a 8 pages analysis while answering the following question: Love,God,and War:Irony in Ernest Hemingways A Farewell to Arms. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. This paper discusses the contradictions and/or ironies characterized in the narratives characters, symbolism, and theme. It also explores the love and the changes that occurred in the lives and thoughts of the protagonists, especially between Henry and Barkley, throughout the story. Of Characterization The characters in Hemingways novel are at times contradictory, if not paradoxical. Henry and Barkley — the main protagonists in the narrative — are two people with different views concerning life in general and love in particular. At the storys beginning, Henry is portrayed as a young man who loves fun stuffs and girls. For one thing, Henrys decision to join the war is mainly motivated by the sheer fun it will bring to him, at least in his mind. A sense of patriotism, or love of ones country, is never apparent in his character or virtue. What Henry constantly does in the field is drink alcohol and performs other activities (e.g., seducing girls), which are not related to war. Barkley, however, is depicted in the novel as a young woman who is, in the genuine sense, passionate to and about love. this is quite prominent in her role as a nurse during the time of war. Barkley nurses those who are wounded, strangers they may appear to her. The paradox here is the love that grows between two different, if not opposing, people. In addition, the priests character appears to be paradoxical or contradictory to the character of Count Greffi. Evidently, both men are close to the heart of Henry. The priest and the Count are, in essence, advisers or mentors of Frederic Henry — the former, of spiritual growth, and the latter, of worldly wisdom.