In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell to Arms, he creates realistic dialogue for his characters. In the opening chapter of the book, we can see how this style of writing is established. The story opens with a conversation between two soldiers who are speaking in their mother tongue – Italian. One soldier asks “What shall we do tonight?” and the other responds that they will play cards and drink Chianti wine.

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The use of natural speech helps readers to imagine that they are eavesdropping on a private scene from World War I Italy, which makes it more believable than if Hemingway had written out what each character was thinking or feeling as though they were talking aloud to themselves (which would be unrealistic).

The use of natural speech helps readers in the following ways: – It makes it more believable than if Hemingway had written out what each character was thinking or feeling as though they were talking aloud to themselves (which would be unrealistic). – Dialogue is a form of expression which we often find realistic and easy to believe, so by having two characters speaking naturally using their mother tongue – Italian – we can imagine that this conversation could happen.

They talk about doing something for tonight’s entertainment after dinner (playing cards and drinking Chianti wine), giving us an idea of how Italians spend leisure time during wartime. The dialogue also gives us insight into some aspects of life in Italy during World War I such as playing card games with

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