Vol. 3, Issue 5 (2017)
Peace through Literature: A thematic study of Ernest Hemingway’s a farewell to arms
Author(s): Babatunde D Adetunji, Oluchi C Ikwuagwu, Kingsley O Eze
Abstract: The degree of cycles of bloodletting and violence in the world is alarming and worrisome. This has threatened the world peace and undermined progress of democratic consolidation. However, the researchers observe that violence and conflicts are inimical to and threaten the continuous co-existence of the people of the world. Therefore, frantic efforts must be made that peace is not negotiable in the world. This feat can be achieved by preaching peace through all forms of literature (literature of peace). It is the position of this paper that literature as a tool for assessment of human issues by mirroring the society is a veritable means or instrument for conflict resolution. The significance of literature cannot be overstated in this regards; the past is seen by the people of the present. This medium can be a panacea to the various causes of bloodletting and violence seen all over the world. Also, literature is an effective way for socio-political reformation in the society, therefore, if a leave is taken from HEMINGWAY’s novel, Farewell to Arms where the hero is disillusioned by war and its causes, various conflicts and bloodletting can be drastically reduced, both in the socio- economic and political life of the world in the 21st century.