Themes and message

The main themes of “A Very Short Story” by Ernest Hemingway are love and war, as well as the ups and downs of love. The author’s message is that wartime relationships are mainly doomed to fail, as they have no real chance to develop. At the same time, the short story draws readers’ attention through the form of a cautionary tale: love does not always have a smooth path and it is sometimes subject to disappointments.

Love and war

This theme is a very bitter one, as the author’s purpose is to show that it is very difficult for love and war to coexist. Soldiers find it very hard to encounter love during wartime. On the one hand, they enroll in the war with the purpose of defending their nation and fighting for a greater cause. On the other hand, their only way t...

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