For Whom the Bell Tolls Study Guide

For Whom the Bell Tolls Study Guide

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For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway’s best work, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” was written in 1940 and continues to be translated, adapted, filmed and admired by the new generation today. 

Robert Jordan arrives in Spain in 1937. He is a young American teacher who decided to help those he felt related to. Almost immediately he is tasked with damaging the bridge to undermine the enemy’s ability to maneuver in the area. 

There he meets the Guerrilleros that are hiding in the mountains and who, as it seems sometimes, lead their own internal and external war. They are different people: some are brave and courageous, the others are scared and nervous, some are reliable, others are traitors. Meeting these people demonstrates that history is never as simple as we read about it in the books. 

Each of these people has their own doubts. The leader of the group, Pablo, is a tough and cruel man; he is ready for anything it takes to achieve the victory. He realizes the necessity of the operation but at the same time, it is painful for him that they will most likely have to leave the place they call home. 

What does it take to make the right choice? What’s right: to stay and fight or leave and be safe? Can such circumstances give birth to true and real love feeling? Can you believe in revolution without fighting for it? Can you be a warrior without murdering people? Start reading the book to find the answers to these and many other questions. 

The book is a sad story about war, love and death. The plot of the book unfolds during just a couple of days of Jordan’s life. When stakes are high, each minute is like a day. Most readers find it hard to finish the book even in a week, let alone a day. Get ready to live through pages of cruelty, civil misunderstanding, social injustice and many other things, that were present in Spain in the 20th century. It’s sad but it’s worth it. 

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