«In modern war…you will die like a dog for no good reason.» Ernst Hemingway
The excerpt under analysis is taken from the novel “A Farewell to Arms” belonging to the pen of the outstanding American author, Ernest Hemingway, whose works had a profound influence on 20th-century fiction. Having won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954, his numerous novels and short stories are undoubtedly considered classics of American literature. What we value most in Hemingway's works is his minimalistic style with the help of which he focused on surface elements without explicitly discussing the underlying themes, he called his method the Iceberg method. Having eye-witnessed and experienced himself the terror, outrage as well as cynicism of several wars, he became a pioneer of ``Lost Generation`` term which implied his disillusionment of the war and a sense of moral loss or aimlessness. The World War seemed to destroy for many people involved the idea that if you acted properly, great honour would be paid to you. But so many good young men went to war and died, or returned damaged, both physically and mentally, that their faith in the moral guidelines that had given them hope before, were no longer valid...they were "Lost."
The novel “A Farewell to Arms” is set during the Italian campaign of World War I. The story gives a deep insight into the hopelessness of war and futility of searching for meaning in a wartime setting. The author dwells upon the idea that individual human relationships and needs should be valued rather than abstract ideas of patriotism or service.
The extract is told by a first person narrator, it is mostly a dialogue and partially a narrative. The dialogue is depicted between two opposed to each other characters - Henry who expresses the negative...
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