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The Three Major Rivers in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms

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Title: The Three Major Rivers in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms
Authors: Kobashigawa, Jan
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: The purpose of my thesis is to examine, as fully as possible, the functions of the three major rivers in Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: the Isonzo, the Tagliamento, and Lago Maggiore. Maggiore is actually a lake; however, a lake is in fact a considerable widening of a river, and in this case, Lago Maggiore is traversed by the Ticino River. Therefore, I will consider Lago Maggiore as one of the major rivers. These rivers are important on the physical level because they give a sense of location in the novel. Two of them are located in Northeastern Italy, and the third, Mag­ giore, is located in Northern Italy. It is interesting to note that these rivers are the foci of the main actions in the novel. The Isonzo is the river in the opening chapters of the novel, where the battles take place; the Tagliamento is the focus of the main historical element in the novel-­ the retreat from Caporetto; and Lago Maggiore is the river that shifts the action from war-torn Italy to peaceful Switzerland. These rivers, however, should not be considered only as geographical features, as either locations in Italy or foci of action, since they also function to give us a sense of Hemingway's view of the world.
Pages/Duration: 53 pages
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