Literary Precedents for Arch of Triumph

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The doomed love affai r and the brink of war in Arch of Triumph recall Robert Jordan's and Maria's affai r in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), Hemingway's novel about the Spanish Civil War which foreshadows World War II. In addition, the characters' search for stability and meaning in life in Arch of Triumph may loosely parallel The Sun Also Rises (1926), Hemingway's story about the Lost Generation. Hemingway's characters, especially Jake Barnes and Brett Ashley, have been traumatized by World War I and so have Ravic and Joan. In another sense, the carefree life before World War II in Arch of Triumph may loosely parallel James Jones's plot in From Here to Eternity (1951), and both novels, of course, end somberly with the beginning of the war.

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Arch of Triumph from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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