AP English students present projects analyzing Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”

The students in Mrs. Buckley’s advanced placement English class have been reading Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms and presented their unique projects on Tuesday February 16, 2015.

A Farewell to Arms is a book written by Ernest Hemingway that was groundbreaking because this book features realistic depictions of war and love. This was one of the first times this was done during this period. It’s about an ambulance driver in World War I that was injured and fell in love with a nurse; this is apparently based off some of Hemingway’s own life. The students have been reading, analyzing, and creating their own opinions about this famous book.

The students were also assigned a project to go along with the book. The project is based off of the vivid descriptions created by Ernest Hemingway. The students have choices of different book pages that include well-written descriptions of different settings and scenes. These descriptions ranged from beautiful landscapes to dark war scenes. The students were to create a visual representation of the scene and also write an analysis of the Hemingway’s word usage and writing style.

There were paintings, drawings, sculptures, and some other very different forms of art. There were scenes of lakes in the night, chalets on the snowy mountainside, and sunny scenes of mountains and rivers. The projects from both of the class periods emphasized creativity through the artistic representations of the descriptions. They also exhibited intellectual accomplishment through the well-worded analysis of syntax and diction.

The AP class learned a lot and will continue their literature analysis with a unit on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Story by Skye Ward