Why he, an American, is in the middle of a European war, it seems, he does not even know himself. Hemingway biographer Carlos Baker was one of the first commentators to stress this pattern in A Farewell to Arms. Critic Ray West Jr. You will like the people and though it is cold it is clear and dry.
At the start of the novel, Frederick drinks and travels from one house of prostitution to another and yet he is discontent because his life is very unsettled. The American hero escapes death by diving into the river and, later, arrest by concealing himself in a gun truck till it reaches Milan.
Underneath we are the same. There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Thus death and dying take center stage in the opening pages of A Farewell to Arms. She is considered very experienced when it comes to love and loss since she has already been confronted with the death of a loved one when her fiance was killed earlier in the war.
Catherine delivers a stillborn baby boy and, later that night, dies of a hemorrhage. With a girl it is painful.