This book as been said to have served as aprelude to the devastation of World War II because it freed the world united against Fascism. The novel shows humanitys great capacity for hope or despair, which is portrayed through twocontrasting characters, Anselmo who is devoted,and Pablo, who is brutish. This literary work isrealistic and the title was quoted from John Donnes Meditation 17, . .
. Any mans deathdiminishes me, beacause I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send know for whomthe bell tolls; It tolls for thee. The main character in the novel is Robert Jordan who is anAmerican fighting with Spanish Loyalists. Roberts character feels like an alien in his settingand disoriented. He symbolizes the best of the American dream by giving up his reputation, thegood life, and security.
Robert is a talkative, moody, and lifeless. In the novel, Jordan falls inlove with Maria. She does not live a very interesting life and described as a very gentle person. Her main concern in life is to please Robert as if he is almost a master. The bad guy of thestory is Pablo.
He is viewed in the rumors during the time of war. Robert depends on Pablo forattack plans and escape routes,which shows a reverse trait on both men. The story begins withRobert and a guide hiking through the mountains. Jordan planned to make contact with aguerilla band led by Pablo, and Pilar, his wife. Jordan destroyed bridges to secure attack.
Jordanand Maria fall in love during a mission. El Sordo agreed to help with a mission to blow up thebridge and secure horses to help the escape. El Sordo and his men were later killed by the Fascistbombers. As Jordan slept, Pablo, stole and destroyed all of Roberts weapons. Jordan and hisguide, Anselmo, killed the guards of the bridge and then destroyed it with dynamite.
Jordanfound Pablo and forced him to admitting that he himself had killed the other guerrillas for theirhorses. Robert then crossed the bridge last as the Fascist troops had their tanks and bullets cameafter him. He told Maria of his love for her and layed next to her with his crushed leg and later died. Rather than dying in vain, he had his submachine gun at his side. He took aim at theleading Fascist officer who was near, and shot him.
Hemingway developed the theme of JohnDonne by portraying that the destiny of all human beings was bound up in the Spanish Civil War. Ernest and John both believed that each man exists bound intimately to the fate of his or herneighbor. They also thought that every human is a neighbor who cant be ignored if he or sheNunc lento sonitu dicunt, Morieris, (Now this bell tolling softly for another, says to me,Thou must die. ) from John Donnes Meditation 17.
In his long serious essay, he states that Allmankind is of one author and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out ofthe book, but translated into a better language, and every chapter must be so translated. Theseideas found in the essay surface in Ernest Hemingways For Whom the Bell Tolls. Both writersbelieved that a mans fate is shared by his neighbor and that he cant be ignored if he or she issuffering or dying. Hemingways novel included the sacrifice of ones reputation for hisneighbors, the love of another neighbor, and the end of his translation.
Ernest Hemingways style of writing was forged but became to be original. His prosewas made of a collection of short, strong, sonorous sentences. His writing always containedheros that were men broken by the world. The women were strong yet weak and alwaysdescribed as beautiful. Hemingway was best known for describing courage.
Ernest foundwriting tips from the King James Bible, the deceased Mark Twain, and Stephan Crane. Afterfinding his own original style, he developed a power in simplicity and poetry in the everday speech. Hemingway finally made sense of the usual adjective filled works ofJohn Donnes keen mind led to powerful sermons, both in the church and in his literaryworks. One of his religious prose, Meditation 17, is one of the most quoted works of all time. No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
. . ;any mans death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to knowfor whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. Donnes sonnet structure has been associated withWilliam Shakespeare. They contain three quatrians and a concluding rhymed couplet.
They arenot sonnet like in which they dont have narrative or a defined theme. In the beginning of Hemingways novel, John Donne is quoted, No man is an Iland,intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washedaway by the Sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor ofthy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved inMankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. Hemingway advanced the theme of this poet by showing that the destiny of all human beingswere constrained in the Spanish Civil War. For Whom the Bell Tolls , is a very slow moving story that acquires many actions tohappen in the three days the story takes place. Along with Hemingways heavy description andredundancy, it gives the story a hard understanding of Donnes ideas. The explanation of thecharacters give the feeling of the two authors similar beliefs.
When Ernest describes the maincharacter, Robert Jordan, as very involved with mankind by sacrificing his life for his fellowhuman being. In John Donnes Meditation 17, . . . Any mans death diminshes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls forIn both literary works, death is an important theme.
All of mankind has a time for whichthe bell tolls for them. At the end Hemingways novel, the main character refused to die invain. He died with his riffle in his hand and prohibits dying without winning. He voices hisfeelings to his love and then kills the leader of the enemy. Hemingway is known for hisdescription of courage.
Most of his works have him as the main character and the adventures areof his own. His life time opportunities and experiences are told throughout all of his literaryworks. An idea in Donnes essay is about how God picks a few people as translators for severalreasons such as age, sickness, justice, and sometimes war, but he calls upon everyone to come. The idea of Hemingways character dying without triumph is reviewing Donnes inspiration on amans fate having an impact on all neighbors. When Robert Jordan died in war, he not onlykilled others, his death had an impression on others in his life.
When people are brought to war in a country, they work together for security of others. No one is fending for themselves, they are fighting for eachother. In Meditation 17 , No man isan island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. This ideasurfaces in For Whom the Bell Tolls , time after time when the characters work together to find escape routes and tactics to win the battle in the Spanish Civil War. The power of God is a strong theme in John Donnes essay. He gives examples of Godspower over mankind such as the setting of the sun, and the time in which we are called upon toexit life.
The essay also states that humans take advantage of all the gifts we are given such asliving itself. The idea that man is as selfish as to consider his or her own power, and not consider Gods power over the entire world and he himself can call upon the occasion of the ringing ofthe bell. This idea of human power verses His power, is evident in Hemingways novel with theactions of war. One country fighting another because of power of man. Ernest Hemingway and John Donne had many similar ideas and beliefs.
After readingDonnes long serious essay, Meditation 17 , many of their shared points were evident throughoutHemingways For Whom the Bell Tolls. They both thought that someones fate is shared by hisor her neighbor. Another idea that the two writers shared was the notion that a neighbor cannotbe ignored if she or he suffers or dies. An indication that the opinions were mutual were througharticles found in the novel that could be related to Donnes essay.
Hemingway was trying toremind his reader of the poets illustrating works with his own similar ideas that mankindsdestiny and related it to the controlled environment of the Spanish Civil War. Bibliography: