Why does Hemingway refer to games so often in A Farewell to Arms?
In the novel, Hemingway repeatedly refers to games (bridge, chess, cards, billiards, racing). This serves two purposes. Firstly, the constant references to games are meant to establish the point that life is like a game of chance. Secondly, the games serve as a metaphor of the “game” Catherine and Henry play to evade from the reality of war, including their fears, violence, loss, and grief.