Whom The Bell Toll Theme

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Raeheth Sahni
5 November 2014

For Whom The Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical understated style had a strong influence on 20th century fiction. He was greatly appreciated in the literary world and went on to win the Pulitzer prize for his work. Hemingway insisted with the WW1 ambulance drivers in 1918, however he was severely wounded and had to return home. In 1930 he went to Spain as a journalist and film production assistant in 1937 and 1938. Hemingway's own visits to Spain during the period of the Spanish civil war formed the basis of his book For Whom The Bell Tolls. His presence during that period made the book more real and engrossing.

The movie explores themes of warfare, love, mortality and
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The two fall deeply in love with each other right from the start and their love and passion is visible right through the movie. However the both seem to know that their love might have no future. Since war is always followed by death this movie also touches upon the theme of mortality. Almost every character is faced with death at some point whether it was Maria before she was rescued by Pilar or Pablo when his own men threatened to kill him. The theme of death is present in several instances. The end where Robert is injured and left all alone in the hands of the fascists also adds the element of tragedy and sorrow as the two lovers are forcefully separated and Robert’s life is threatened.

The very title of the movie suggests death. ‘Bells tolling’ often occur when there has been a death and thus the movie suggests death. The title also asks a question “For whom the bell tolls?” Robert is also wondering whether his cause is worth dying for and almost every member of the movie encounters death intact a lot of them have to kill people in order for their own survival. The title suggests that someone is going to

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