Conflicted Love

Book: A Farewell to Arms
Author: Ernest Hemingway

Frederick Henry is an American man in the Italian Army as an Ambulance Driver. He is rather stoic while he sees war fold around him. Frederick sees other soldiers and often talks about the war with them. Overtime he begins to posses growing dismay for the war as he collects stories from other soldiers. He even hears of some soldiers who injure themselves to get out of fighting. This leads him to ponder why, but Frederick still does not fully understand the conflicts war can create until he meets Cathrine Barkley, a nurse on the Italian lines.

After a few meetings with Catherine at night, Frederick starts developing some feelings for her; however, he still is unable to convince himself that he loves her. It is only after Frederick himself experiences injury from the war that he begins to understand the words of the other soldiers. He begins to understand that he takes love for granted. This is when Frederick begins to desire for the war to end and fosters the idea to leave the war with Catherine. Nevertheless, he still is not completely taken by the idea of leaving his comrades and current lifestyle behind. Therefore, Frederick is faced with the conflict of choosing the side of love or war. This dire situation captures my interest. And after careful consideration of the title and plot so far, I believe this conflict will be resolved by Frederick saying a farewell to arms and living his life with Catherine.