A Farewell To Arms
The Leaf Of Life
In the beginning of ?A Farewell To Arms? a scene of a nice, peaceful summer is presented. Questions such as what year, what village, what river, and what mountain are drawn from the first few sentences. Imagery is further displayed with words such as ?blue?, ?clear?, and ?swiftly? to provide a peaceful, flowing scene of nature. Simple words and sentences contribute to this mood. ?The?s? and ?and?s? are repeated often, except ?the? was omitted from in front of leaves in the fourth sentence to provide a sense of change. Leaves fall as the soldiers walk by and all else seems to change with these events. Switching from a bright summer to a darkening season serves as a foreshadowing of the upcoming problems of war.
Diction changes as the chapter progresses to words such as ?dark?, ?brown?, ?muddy?, and ?gray?. The river started clear and blue, but has now become dark and muddy. This symbolizes the emotions of the people as the troops march and fight. Progressing seasons of nature symbolize the progressing sadness of the people also. As summer leaves and autumn comes mud is splashed over everything and covers the bright beauty of it all.
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