A Farewell to Arms hardly ends with a happy ending. We are confronted with such sadness in the harsh reality of how the war has affected Fredrick Henry’s life; his past, present, and future. In life though not everything is a Fairytale with grand endings and forever loves, that’s just the reality of it. Ernest Hemingway’s book is categorized fiction, but in something this complex and sad, we know that there is a biography being told, perhaps a moment of autobiography, because whether we want to like it or not, our heart is invested into the characters just like the author. Our investment makes us defensive, therefore I must justify Ernest Hemingway’s ending of A Farewell to Arms by showing the importance of expressing it’s theme of loss ness and in the hardships of reality, in his relationships with other characters, and his belief in faith. With this you will see that the ending is well justified as magnificent.How do we know to truly appreciate something if we don’t know that it will come to an end? Can Fredrick Henry appreciate his own life and his relationship with Catherine Barkley without the present reality of death? The joy of all of what Catherine and life represented would be lost if death was not peering from around the corner like it does so much in the constant foreshadowing in this novel. Wallace Stevens, a poet, knew the importance of appreciating physical things because he knew that they would not be there forever, “Death is the mother of beauty, hence from her, / Alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams / And our desires”. Ernest Hemingway knew this as well, and we see that expressed in the loss that Fredrick endures. In the first section of the book he is not affected by the war and seems rather disconnected from the reality that is the war. The story is written in first person narration and this brings us as the audience closer to the action of the story and lets us be emotionally connected or disconnected like Fredrick as well. We are Fredrick Henry: “You do not know how long you are in a river when the current moves swiftly” (116). It isn’t until Fredrick is injured that he begins to realize his involvement in the war and its potential to affect him. The naivete about the war is explicit when Fredrick talks to Catherine about not being killed by the war: “Not in this war.