from: A review of Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”, looking at the recurring theme of rain and water.
“Rain in “A Farewell To Arms”, 2002.
The purpose of this paper is to introduce and discuss the book “Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway. Specifically, it discusses rain throughout the story. Rain and water are two recurring themes woven through the story. Hemingway uses water and rain as a subtle warning of the characters ultimate fate. The author illustrates how Hemingway uses rain and water elements as a vibrant and effective symbol of darkness and misery throughout the novel.
From the Paper
“Just as rain turns a day dark and dreary, so does the rain in this novel turn people’s lives from sunny to gloomy. In the one dissention from this theme, the rain “baptizes” the character Henry when he deserts the Italian army, thereby blessing his desertion and his “rebirth.” Rain flows through the book in a never-ending river, and whoever it touches is never the same. Hemingway’s powerful writing, combined with this compelling theme, makes this story tragic, and yet unforgettable."
(Actually this rainwater I found on the other side of the house next door, in our cul-de-sac, beside the creek.
The grey clouds had started to gather over our south-western part of Sydney and down came the steady, soaking rain, like the drumming of an army.)
Thank you, Dorothea MacKellar