They do not know Stiffened wounds test their pride Men of five, still alive through the raging glow Gone insane from the pain that they surely know For whom the bell tolls Time marches on For whom the bell tolls Take a look to the sky just before you die It's the last time he will Blackened roar, massive roar, fills the crumbling sky Shattered goal fills his soul with a ruthless cry Stranger now are his eyes to this mystery Hears the silence so loud Crack of dawn, all is gone except the will to be Now they see what will be, blinded eyes to see For whom the bell tolls Time marches on For whom the bell tolls.
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At the end of the day, do you think Robert Jordan has become a hardened "realist"? Or do you think he might still be an idealist, looking at the Republic through overly rose-colored glasses? Do you think Robert Jordan's willingness to accept the deception and hard-nosed "discipline" of the Communist party is consistent with his commitment to freedom? While Robert Jordan might be classified as an idealist because he believes the Republican cause is straightforwardly the cause of "freedom," his position makes sense when it is considered that the loss of the Republicans would mean the victory of the fascists.
Even if he does not consider himself to be a communist, Robert Jordan is still a communist insofar as he is willing to serve the Communist Party without objection to its more doubtful practices. For Whom the Bell Tolls revolves around the idea of communion between human beings expressed in its epigraph. Connecting to others is the only way to overcome the emptiness and loneliness at the heart of each individual, especially in the hopelessness of war.
It's their camaraderie which keeps many of the characters afloat. The most everyday activities and expressions of friendliness — being humorous, telling stories, touching, even swearing together — preserve some sense of normality, of humanity in the midst of "barbarism. Why do you think Robert Jordan is able to feel so close to the guerillas in so short a time?
How is it that they begin to bond? You've heard our two cents about Pablo in the character section, but what do you think of him? Is he motivated by his concern for his friends from the start? Or is it really something which dawns on him at the end? Do you think Robert Jordan ultimately dies for his friends rather than for the Republic? Does friendship prevail over duty? It is seeing his sacrifice as something he does for his friends that gives Robert Jordan's death a purpose, and that serves as his ultimate consolation.
Many of the characters in For Whom the Bell Tolls find their moral beliefs troubled by the war in which they're fighting. Winning a war requires the use of violence to defeat or eliminate one's enemies; that much everyone agrees. But even if violence is necessary, it's not clear that makes it right.
Some characters think it certainly doesn't, and try to find ways of reassuring themselves even as they feel compelled to kill; the protagonist is, with a few complications, one such character. But if killing can't ever be right, how is one to understand what one is doing? Robert Jordan and Anselmo — and possibly others — appear to agree that killing is never right, but that it's necessary to win the war. How can they entertain that position? What does it mean for something to be not right if one is going to do it anyway?
It's notable that there are no pacifist characters in For Whom the Bell Tolls — Anselmo's about as close as it gets. All of the characters are instead committed to fighting for the Republic. Why is it they believe that the Republic ought to be fought for, especially those who feel that it is usually or always wrong to kill? I'm ashamed to say I haven't read the book?!
Cheers Hilary. I read an old copy my mother had as a young teen, and then saw the movie. It was so good. And you just know that the oiled road winding through the pass is about to reveal something too.For Whom the Bell Tolls was slated to win the Pulitzer Prize in , but committee member Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University, voted against the selection, citing the novel’s “obscenity”—likely a response to mildly explicit sex scenes in the novel and Spanish curse words.