For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway


Robert Jordan is a young American volunteer fighting for the Republicans in the Spanish Civil war. Jordan is a dynamite expert, and is ordered by General Gloz, a Russian leader, to bomb a bridge as part of their offensive against the Fascists.  Anselmo,a guide, brings Jordan through the woods to a hideout.They arrive at an abandoned cave and find the men who will help them complete the mission. The fighters that Jordan encounters obviously do not want to be involved in the war any longer.We continue to follow Jordan and his band of uncommitted warriors as they try and combat the authoritarian government . Will Robert and his group be successful in their plans?

Map of Spain

"Spain Satellite Map." N.p., n.d. Web

“For what are we born if not to aid one another?” (Hemingway,94).

This book is full of different themes ranging from loyalty and courage, love and defeat, and the tragic death of an ideal. This range of different themes creates a wide spectrum of feelings and meanings the reader can feel from the book .As a story, it is superb, packed with blood, lust, adventure, vulgarity, comedy, tragedy. For Robert Jordan, the young American from, the lust and adventure are quickly drowned in blood. The comedy, as in other Hemingway works, practically indistinguishable from the vulgarity, which in this case is rich and unforgettable. Overall this book is a great work of art and deserves to go down as one of the classic pieces of twentieth century literature.

Republicans in the Spanish Civil War


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