A Farewell to Arms: a Research Proposal

Ernest Hemingway’s 1929 novel “A Farewell to Arms,” inspired by his military stint in World War I, was one of the significant works of this author.  The story speaks about love in the midst of war between an American volunteer ambulance driver Frederic Henry and an English nurse Catherine Barkley.

There are many things from this novel that can be discussed. In this particular case, the researcher proposes to look into the application of Hemnigway’s heroic code in the novel as personified by Frederic Henry.  What prompted the researcher into looking into this matter is that he admires Henry and would say can relate to him from the way he handles himself in the face of war.  Yet, despite his admirable qualities, the researcher would liketo caution that Henry is still a human being prone to error and these would be evident when his character would be put to the test in some scenes.  The researcher would like to discuss how Henry would still be considered a hero (Berridge 22-24).

In order to do this, the researcher needs to (figuratively) get into the mind of Hemingway and see it through his eyes.  As an author, he draws inspiration from his past experiences when writing his novels and his experience of adversity has enabled him to define his heroic code and classify several of his characters as heroes.  This is what the researcher intends to investigate and discuss.

Works Cited

Berridge, Howard. Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. Hauppauge, New York:      Barron’s Educational Series, 1984.