November 20, 2008
Farewell to arms rhetorical devices essay
“ that night at the hotel … there will be no special hurry” (249)
In the novel, A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway, is a typical love story between a nurse and a war soldier. Their love affair struggles to survive the obstacles of World War one. In the passage above Hemingway develops Frederic’s attitude through detail ,syntax, and point of view.
The passage begins with a description of the setting. Hemingway almost immediately sets the atmosphere of sadness and depression through rain. Hemingway emphasizes how unpleasant it is outside but then describes the hotel room as comforting and cheerful. Hemingway uses syntax and detail to stress the contrast between the negative outside world and the reassuring room he is in with Catherine. The devices create an image of a negativity surrounding Frederic and Catherine, the image that together they manage to overcome the great sense of fear and loneliness that they feel in the presence of other people outside of this room. The repetition of the word outside in the first sentence highlights how all the negativity is taking place outside of the hotel room and the detail also creates an image of being in a mothers womb. Being in the womb symbolizes comfort and protection, much how like Frederic then feels with catherine inside the room, while all the harm is outside. Also the image of the womb symbolizes a temporary comfort and happiness. The image proves Frederic’s constant point that death and sadness is unavoidable. Frederic's thoughts here are initially positive he feels comforted, focusing on how Catherine's presence alleviates his feelings of loneliness but you begin to notice his attitude change when he uses retrospective narration by accentuating the dismal mentality that the world is designed to kill the good and the courageous, this change from happiness and comfort into...