Love, War, and the Meaning of Life

Ernest Hemingway incorporated much of his personal experience into his writing, including the time he spent as a volunteer ambulance driver in Italy during the First World War.  He built on his experience to craft a novel, A Farewell to Arms, that asks serious questions about the meaning of life in the context of a brutal war and a brief love affair that grew out of it.  If there is no God and death is the end of everything, how should we deal with the joys and pains of everyday life, especially as they are intensified under the pressures of slaughter and devastation on every side?  Hemingway, sadly, has no answers, but this entry in the Classic Literature website asks the student to consider the questions in the light of God’s Word.