A Farewell to Arms
Critics usually describe Hemingway's style as simple, spare,
and journalistic. These are all good words; they all apply.
Perhaps because of his training as a newspaperman, Hemingway
is a master of the declarative, subject-verb-object
sentence. His writing has been likened to a boxer's
punches--combinations of lefts and rights coming at us
without pause. Take the following passage:
We were all cooked. The thing was not to recognize it. The
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again unknowing and not caring in the night, sure that this
was all and all and all and not caring.
The rhythm, the repetition, have us reeling with Henry.
Thus, Hemingway's prose is in fact an instrument finely
tuned to reflect his characters and their world. As we read
A Farewell to Arms, we must try to understand the thoughts
and feelings Hemingway seeks to inspire in us by the way he