Law and Legitimacy in A Farewell to Arms
Opens with a summary of the novel's publication history and difficulties with censors before moving to a discussion of its dual love and war plotlines. Contends that while both plots deal with social infraction, their moral breeches are not equal. Weinrib explores how the love story's redeemable morality via common law marriage spotlights the war story's subversive depiction of legal but morally reprehensible episodes, including those portraying the senselessness of military rules, manipulation of military codes, and cruelty of the Italian army. Closes with a discussion of the legal and moral implications of Frederic's shooting the sergeant and desertion.
Cannons and Codes: Law, Literature, and America's Wars