July 07, A Farewell to Arms, a novel of love and war, written by Ernest Hemingway, tells us a gripping story of a passionate lover named Frederic Henry, the protagonist of the novel who never tires of love making. Henry is a man without religion, morality, politics, culture or history. He cherishes private, isolated life and attempts at shirking social responsibilities. He is receptive, a keen observer but curiously passive.
Materials for this guide include background information about the author and discussion questions to enhance your understanding and stimulate conversation about the story.
In addition, the guide includes a series of short video discussions about the story, conducted by James W. Ceaser University of Virginia with the editors of the anthology.
These seminars help capture the experience of high-level discourse as participants interact and elicit meaning from a classic American text.
These videos are meant to raise additional questions and augment discussion, not replace it. Examine the difference between equality of outcome and equality of opportunity through reading Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Support your discussion with evidence from the texts. After reading the story, write an op-ed that addresses the question and support your position with evidence from the text. He spent time as a German prisoner of war and won a Purple Heart, a distinction he later mocked.
Shortly thereafter, he quit his regular job and embarked on a literary career, taking part-time jobs to pay the bills. A year later his autobiographical novel, Slaughterhouse-Fivemade him a literary celebrity, a status he held for the rest of his life.
Vonnegut was politically active in many liberal-left political causes, giving numerous speeches on political issues of the day: He was, among other things, an ardent defender of free speech, an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War, and an advocate of socialism.
His political views sometimes made it into his stories, which often combined science fiction, satire, and dark humor.About the Author. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (–) was born and raised in Indianapolis and later left college to enlist in the US Army during World War II.
Online Library of Liberty. A collection of scholarly works about individual liberty and free markets. A project of Liberty Fund, Inc. Lieutenant Frederic Henry Character Timeline in A Farewell to Arms The timeline below shows where the character Lieutenant Frederic Henry appears in A Farewell to Arms.
The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. Frederic Henry. BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis.
Frederic Henry runs the show, and the past, in A Farewell to Arms. And he does it from the future – his future, anyway.
The good news is, Frederic doesn’t need a fancy time machine to go back in the past. Much symbolism in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms relates to the tragic love story of Frederic Henry, an ambulance driver for the Italian army and Catherine Barkley.
his English nurse after. Notice how smoothly Frederic brings things around from the battlefield of literal war, to the battlefield of the bedroom. We can pretty well imagine what he means by "old screws" but he makes it clear when he adds "bedsprings" to the mix.