For Whom the Bell Tolls

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For Whom the Bell Tolls The novel For Whom the Bell Tolls is the fictional account of a young American named Robert Jordan and his involvement in the Spanish Civil War. Set in the spring of 1937, the climax of the three-year conflict, the story focuses on just three days of Jordan’s offensive against the opposing army: the three days consumed by efforts to destroy a strategically significant bridge. The book itself contains the events of those three days and explains in detail prior events in the war from the perspectives of Jordan and some of his companions. The author, Ernest Hemingway, was writing primarily from his personal experiences as a journalist covering the war. It is thus laden with his personal biases and told almost exclusively from the perspective of the “Republicans”: antifascists who opposed Francisco Franco and the other revolutionaries that were fighting for a united Spain governed by a dictator or monarch. The narrative begins with the protagonist Robert Jordan as he receives orders from his superiors to demolish a bridge. The demolition of the aforementioned bridge would facilitate the Republican attack to capture the city of Segovia, which is found in the hills north of Madrid. Both he and his superiors recognize the difficulty and danger of his assignment, and he is told to utilize local militia-guerilla units to assist him. He is led to the leader of one of these bands by a local peasant, where he encounters some opposition to his plan. Interestingly enough, this early
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2011 for the course HISTORY 202 taught by Professor Kirkwlarsen during the Spring '09 term at BYU.

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