A Farewell to Arms: The War of the Words
Extended study. Introductory materials locate the novel historically within World War I and its revolutionary aftermath. Lewis briefly surveys the novel’s composition history and critical reception before delving into a thorough reading of Frederic and Catherine, uncovering their complex and multifaceted characters. Includes a discussion of the novel’s narrative method as well as a detailed stylistic analysis of Frederic’s voice. Concludes with a close reading of themes: insanity, theatricality, gaming, and the inadequacy of language.