For Whom the Bell Tolls, 1940
For Whom The Bell Tolls is perhaps the greatest work ever written by Ernest Hemingway, and it tells the tale of what it means to sacrifice oneself for a higher ideal. There is a lot going on in the book that a lot of readers will connect to, and it is important that all the people who are reading the book get to feel some kind of a connection with Hemingway. He was someone who is very much like Jordan who is the protagonist of the book, and there are people inside the book who are going to connect with readers.
The readers who come to the book for the first time might know what is going to happen in the book on a general level because they know what it is about, but it goes a lot deeper than that. Robert Jordan is attached to a guerrilla unit during the Spanish Civil War, and he is someone who wants to fight for higher ideals by fighting against Generalissimo Franco. The people who are in the book all represent someone in the life of the reader, and it is important to the reader to figure out where they stand.
The action in the novel usually takes place with the unit that Jordan is with. He has his love interest Maria who might or might not be falling for him, and he has his friends in the unit that he has very close ties to. He gets more and more involved in the revolution over the course of the book, and he comes to identify with the revolutionaries more than he eve identifies with his old self.
Jordan used to teach at a university, but he left his old life behind to fight a battle that is not even his. The thing about this book is that it asks the reader if they are willing to drop everything for something that is not even related to them even though it means a lot to them. There are so many people who are willing to make a sacrifice for something that is close to them, but that does not mean that they will make a sacrifice for something that is a much higher ideal. That is what Robert Jordan is willing to do, and the people who are reading the book have to ask themselves if that is something they would do.
The book shows a lot of the bad side of war. There is a lot that people do not know about war because they have not been there, and it is important for people to take the lesson from the book that war is hell. There is nothing else to take away from it other than there is a lot that is lost in a war even if the war is won. The person who makes the biggest sacrifice might not even be remembered, but they still died fighting for what they believed in. The book is rocking back and forth between the idea that this man can go home at any time, and he is consistently choosing not to. That is something that some people would do because it would mean safety, and they are asking the novel if they are going to see their favorite character die or save himself.
The book also has a lot of the dialogue that goes on between the people on the war front that a lot of people forget about. There is a lot of talking going on that people would never hear because it is not reported, and it is something that people need to remember because all the people on the war front are real people with real dreams and real lives. Someone who gets into For Whom The Bell Tolls will think of all the people who are dying at war who are just normal people who are fighting.
For Whom The Bell Tolls ends in a way that is shocking to the reader, and it makes the readers wonder what they would do in the same situation. It is a very hard thing for people to think of because it would mean that they walk away as if they were coward, or it would mean that they die for a cause that was not even their own to begin with.
Someone who sits down with For Whom The Bell Tolls is going to be happy to start learning about what it is like to be on the war front. Robert Jordan is the personification of the person inside everyone that is extremely brave, and For Whom The Bell Tolls is the way that Ernest Hemingway dealt with his own war experience. Setting the book in the Spanish Civil War just makes people see that war is going on at any time in history.