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Reader Response Ernest Hemingway´s novel was an eye-opening story on many levels. It teaches a great deal of Spanish history having to do with the political and social angst that lead up to the civil war, as well as of course certain events of the war itself. The reader is taught much about the nature of the Spanish people and becomes acquainted with their strengths and weaknesses (at least those portrayed by Hemingway). More than anything else, however, the book shows how horrid war can be. The novel helps illustrate how the Spanish Civil War did not divide the majority of the population politically. There were of course those individuals who zealously defended their ideologies, but the majority of those that fought, and those that were killed, in the war were participating on a given side simply due to the location of their residence. Hemingway depicts
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Unformatted text preview: everyone involved in the skirmish discussed in his novel (excluding Jordan) as peasants striving to survive the conflict, rather than politically charged partisans. They are victims of circumstance. I am inclined to agree with the argument presented by the author. His contemporaries do as well. The Spanish people still recall the civil war with bitterness, and it truly was horrific. Governments used terror more than any other tactic to control the populace, in addition to fighting their battles against foes. The Spanish Civil War is a cautionary tale of governments of the many governed by the few, which is well told by Ernest Hemingway in his novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls....
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