For Whom the Bell Tolls

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“For what are we born if not to aid one another?”

About Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was a renowned American author and journalist born on July 21, 1988, in Oak Park, Illinois. In his literary career, he wrote several novels and short stories of both fictional and nonfiction genres. Ernest’s hard work paid off when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. His most well-known works include The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms, and the sun also rises, etc.

For Whom the Bell Tolls Summary

The story “for whom the bell tolls” is based on the civil war in Spain. The main lead of the story is Robert Jordan. He is the American explosives expert and a volunteer for the Republican side. His main aim is to blow the fascist controlled bridge as fascists killed the family of her lover, Maria, and also raped her. Pablo is the guerrilla fighters’ head and does not like his idea of the bridge due to which they had a conflict.

In contrast, his lady friend Pilar likes Robert’s plan. At the end of the story, Pablo agreed to help Robert in his plan to blow the bridge. But in the conflict with fascists, all of them died.

Genre: War Story

Tone: Cynical and Ecstatic

Type: Fiction

Year of publication: 1940

For Whom the Bell Tolls Famous Quotes:

  • I suppose if a man has something once, always something of it remains you never kill anyone you want to kill in a war
  • I am thee and thou art me, and all of the other
  • Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be
  • The world is a beautiful place, and worth fighting for
  • Of all men, the drunkard is the foulest

Main characters:

  • Robert Jordan: American college instructor and demolition expert in the Spanish Civil War
  • Pablo: Leader of the Guerilla band and hothead. He was opposing the plan of Robert.
  • Pilar: Pablo’s woman who keep their band intact to each other.
  • Maria: The girl who falls in love with Jordan. Fascist killed her family and raped her.
  • Anselmo: He was the Old man and a Part of Pablo’s band
  • El Sordo

He was the leader of another guerilla group. He was a well-weathered warrior.

Other characters

  • Kashkin
  • Joaquin
  • Eladio, Agustin, Andres, Primitivo, Fernando, and Rafael.