For Whom The Bell Tolls

1797 WordsJul 8, 20188 Pages
The novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, written by Ernest Hemingway, is a story of passionate love throughout the brutality of the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway uses his personal experiences to portray the true meaning and feeling of this book. Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. The neighborhood he grew up in was straight-laced and rigidly Protestant. Hemingway started his literary career publishing his work in his school magazine. Later on in life, he signed up to join the military in World War II, but was rejected due to his defective left eye from birth. Instead, he enlisted in the Missouri National Guard and remained on the lookout for opportunities to progress to the front.…show more content…
Lastly, “Hemingway’s inner experience of love, as it is portrayed in his novels, is a sense of basic trust and object constancy which could allow his hero to retain the feeling of intense love even after the beloved object is lost.”(#6 p.357). The love between Robert Jordan and Maria is intense and passionate and it parallels the love that Hemingway experienced. The genius style that Hemingway utilizes in this novel truly enhances the richness of the superb story. The various themes in this novel really give the story its depth and meaning. The theme of chaotic and brutal warfare is by far the leading theme, as it is in many of Hemingway’s novels. This novel’s version of this theme is the Spanish Civil War. Robert Jordan’s mission of this war is to demolish a bridge, which in the long run will help the Spanish Republicans in their goal of defeating the Fascist government. In several of Hemingway’s novels, the protagonist is a character of heroism and honor. These protagonists are tough, experienced in the hard worlds they inhabit, and not obviously given to emotional display or sensitive thinking. Robert Jordan is this type of protagonist and he is a humble, honorable man. There is “Some notion of honor that makes a man a man, and distinguishes him from people who merely follow their random impulses and who are by consequence messy.” (#3 p.40). An example of this in the novel is
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