The disaster that was World War One was a defining experience for writersof Hemingway's generation, especially those, like Hemingway, who servedin the military. Although Hemingway is often simplisitically associatedwith the glorification of masculine violence, the excerpt from suggests instead a highly critical view of war, particularlyin the conscious avoidance of heroic imagery and in Henry's meditationson the uselessness of the slaughter.


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