The Change in Frederick Henry in "A Farewell to Arms"

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Jessica Ross

Mr. Kimbrough

Honors English 12

November 25, 2012

“Farewell to Arms”

In “Farewell to Arms” by Earnest Hemingway, the narrator, Fredrick Henry, is a young American ambulance driver in Italy during World War 1. In the beginning of the novel he is introduced as courageous, strong and intelligent. This idea came from the quote; “If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.”

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In chapter three Henry is portrayed as a kind man. When his roommate, Rinaldi, spots an English nurse, Henry loans him 50 lire so Rinaldi can seem like a wealthy man.  Even though Henry was not a religious man he was still nice and friendly to the priest. In chapter 5 Henry and Catherine were chatting about Catherine’s job, they agree to “drop the war” as a subject of conversation, Henry tries to put his arm around her. She resists but, in the end, lets him. He comes off as pushy yet confident. In chapters 5-7 He claims that the ...

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