C/O MR. HIMANGSHU DEBNATH
A Farewell to Arms is one of the best war novel of 20th century authored by Ernest Hemingway. It mirrors Hemingway’s own involvement on the Italian Front during the First World War. A sudden blow to the human civilization which wasn’t beautiful, but the strains manufactured a creative mould of a character. His two central characters, Frederic Henry and Catherine Barkley struggle life and death in the novel where she dies in the end leaving Frederic as a victim of the traumatic experience. War outlasts the lovers. War is displayed not in the terms of any classic sense but a technological warfare where there was less opportunity of verification of manly skill. Rain, a major symbol, accompanies the whole novel from beginning to the end designing doom and despair of mankind.
KEY WORDS: war, trauma, masculinity, symbolism