What a Beautiful Bridge Essay

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David Wharton Dr. Northcutt ENG 1020-04 April 10, 2012 “What a Beautiful Bridge” In the writing of A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway employs symbolism in many forms. Hemingway uses water in various states throughout the progression of the novel such as the use of rain and rivers to symbolize life and love as well as death and danger. Hemingway uses symbols to allude to the events that will occur in the coming chapters of the novel if the reader is keen to heed them. Hemingway’s use of the “bridge” and the rivers they cross, represent the lives of people and the hazards people encounter when they approach and cross a bridge in an effort to reach what is waiting on the other side. The novel opens with a beautiful description of
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Hemingway’s public voice was ingeniously hidden in the masked voice of his fiction as stated by Robert O. Stephens in his great work, Hemingway’s Non-Fiction, The Public Voice: “I am without politics,” said Hemingway’s old man at the Ebro Bridge, and to many readers of Hemingway that fictional statement has been the epitome of his political awareness, whether spoken form behind the mask of fiction or said in his own right. But in spite of such frequent assertions […] that Hemingway lacked politics, his journalism and essays indicate a considerable amount of political thought and, beyond that, a coherent political view of twentieth century events. An understanding of that political vision provides not only insight into the thinking behind a surprising amount of Hemingway’s fiction but also a more dynamic view of Hemingway’s political motives than is generally suspected (180).

Wharton3 Hemingway makes a profound statement exposing his feelings for war and why it is waged in this opening description by Frederic Henry. Henry’s metaphors reflect the feelings of a nation that had been inundated by propaganda and why a war should be fought. “There were small gray motor cars that passed going very fast; usually there was an officer on the seat with the driver and more officers in the back seat. They splashed more mud than the

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