History Literature / ForWhomTheBellTolls

6th Jun '17 7:35:39 PM PaulA
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* BrokenAce: Robert Jordan is a badass DemolitionsExpert and [[LaResistance partisan]] in the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar, but has also led an entirely empty and lonely life since his father [[DrivenToSuicide killed himself]]. He doesn't even realize the depths of his loneliness until he's dragged out of it by the new family he finds amongst the partisans he's sent to work with. [[spoiler: But the same work that sent him to the partisans is eventually what gets him killed.]]
31st May '17 8:31:13 PM nombretomado
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The story, which plays out over four days and three nights, is centered around Robert Jordan - no, not [[Literature/WheelOfTime that]] Robert Jordan - an American member of the [[EagleSquadron International Brigades]] who joined to fight for the Republic. His mission is to blow up a bridge in preparation for an offensive against the Nationalists, and to this purpose he enlists the help of a [[LaResistance small band of partisans]] in the hills nearby. He [[LoveAtFirstSight quickly]] begins an affair and falls in love with a girl called Maria, who has been freed from the captivity of the Fascists a few months prior.

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The story, which plays out over four days and three nights, is centered around Robert Jordan - no, not [[Literature/WheelOfTime [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime that]] Robert Jordan - an American member of the [[EagleSquadron International Brigades]] who joined to fight for the Republic. His mission is to blow up a bridge in preparation for an offensive against the Nationalists, and to this purpose he enlists the help of a [[LaResistance small band of partisans]] in the hills nearby. He [[LoveAtFirstSight quickly]] begins an affair and falls in love with a girl called Maria, who has been freed from the captivity of the Fascists a few months prior.
2nd Mar '17 12:22:36 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* SayYourPrayers: [[spoiler:Joaquin, one of El Sordo's men starts praying when he sees the planes that are coming to kill them, even though he's a Communist]].

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* SayYourPrayers: [[spoiler:Joaquin, one of El Sordo's men men, starts praying when he sees the planes that are coming to kill them, even though he's a Communist]].



* SuicideMission: Robert Jordan's mission to blow up the bridge is essentially this. Pablo, Pilar, and El Sordo are the only other characters who seem to fully grasp this, and how they deal with it play a big role in the narrative. [[spoiler: Robert Jordan, Pilar and El Sordo are all willing to do it in service to the Republic. Pablo, not so much.]]

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* SuicideMission: Robert Jordan's mission to blow up the bridge is essentially this. Pablo, Pilar, and El Sordo are the only other characters who seem to fully grasp this, and how they deal with it play a big role in the narrative. [[spoiler: Robert Jordan, Pilar and El Sordo are all willing to do it in service to the Republic. Pablo, not so much.much, although he changes his mind.]]



* TankGoodness: Only a little one but it causes a lot of problems for the partisans.

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* TankGoodness: Only a little one but one-an Italian Fiat tankette-but it causes a lot of problems for the partisans.partisans. Another, much larger tank shows up later and proceeds to [[spoiler: shell the group, killing the gypsy and smashing Robert's leg]].
2nd Mar '17 12:20:10 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* FourthDateMarriage: Robert Jordan plans to marry Maria after only knowing him for a few days.

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* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: In the final chapters, Jordan, now knowing what Pilar saw when she read his palm, quietly accepts the fact that he is going to die. As the battle goes on, Jordan calmly reassures himself that he's lucky to have lived such an eventful life and that he now regards the guerrillas as his family and friends]].
* FourthDateMarriage: Robert Jordan plans to marry Maria after only knowing him her for a few days.days, and vice versa.
14th Jan '17 2:52:16 AM Morgenthaler
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''For Whom the Bell Tolls'' is a novel by Creator/ErnestHemingway, first published in 1940, and was inspired by [[WriteWhatYouKnow his experience]] as a journalist during the SpanishCivilWar. It is one of his most famous and beloved works, and is generally considered ''the'' book written about that war.

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''For Whom the Bell Tolls'' is a novel by Creator/ErnestHemingway, first published in 1940, and was inspired by [[WriteWhatYouKnow his experience]] as a journalist during the SpanishCivilWar.UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar. It is one of his most famous and beloved works, and is generally considered ''the'' book written about that war.
24th Sep '16 7:36:55 PM TheWildWestPyro
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27th Jul '16 6:06:44 AM igordebraga
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The novel was adapted into a film in 1943, starring Creator/GaryCooper as Robert Jordan and Creator/IngridBergman as Maria. It has a [[Characters/ForWhomTheBellTolls character page]].

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The novel was adapted into a film in 1943, starring Creator/GaryCooper as Robert Jordan and Creator/IngridBergman as Maria. It has a also inspired the eponymous FilkSong by Music/{{Metallica}}. See also the [[Characters/ForWhomTheBellTolls character page]].
17th Jun '16 5:16:24 PM Doug86
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* TheConspiracy: Robert Jordan muses on how "the Fascists" have a plan to TakeOverTheWorld, and just [[HeroicSacrifice fighting the war in Spain slows them down for years and does not allow them to attack other countries]]. [[WorldWarII Historical reality had proven a bit different]].

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* TheConspiracy: Robert Jordan muses on how "the Fascists" have a plan to TakeOverTheWorld, and just [[HeroicSacrifice fighting the war in Spain slows them down for years and does not allow them to attack other countries]]. [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Historical reality had proven a bit different]].
8th May '16 11:47:26 AM JamesAustin
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** Actually [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Yes, André Marty actually was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Marty a real person]], and yes, he actually was that paranoid and batshit insane. He was sent by the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Comintern]] to Spain when the war started and was appointed as the political leader of the International Brigades. Supposedly about one tenth of all Republican Brigaders who died during the war were executed by him.
** [[VoiceOfTheResistance La Pasionaria]], who was also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_Ib%C3%A1rruri a real person]]. Judging by one of Sordo's guerrillas ridicule of her [[spoiler: when they're digging in for a LastStand on the hill]], it's pretty safe to say that Hemingway himself was not terribly fond of her.

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** Actually [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Yes, André Marty actually was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Marty org/wiki/André_Marty a real person]], and yes, he actually was that paranoid and batshit insane. He was sent by the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Comintern]] to Spain when the war started and was appointed as the political leader of the International Brigades. Supposedly about one tenth of all Republican Brigaders who died during the war were executed by him.
** [[VoiceOfTheResistance La Pasionaria]], who was also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_Ib%C3%A1rruri org/wiki/Dolores_Ibárruri a real person]]. Judging by one of Sordo's guerrillas ridicule of her [[spoiler: when they're digging in for a LastStand on the hill]], it's pretty safe to say that Hemingway himself was not terribly fond of her.
8th May '16 11:40:00 AM JamesAustin
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->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 washed away by the ''Sea'', ''Europe'' is the lesse, as well as if a ''Promontorie'' were, as well as if a ''Mannor'' of thy ''friends'' or of ''thine'' ''owne '' were; any mans ''death'' diminishes ''me'', because I am involved in ''Mankinde''; And therefore never send to know for whom the ''bell'' tolls; It tolls for ''thee''.
->--'''Creator/JohnDonne''', quoted in the {{epigraph}}

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->No ->''"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 washed away by the ''Sea'', ''Europe'' is the lesse, as well as if a ''Promontorie'' were, as well as if a ''Mannor'' of thy ''friends'' or of ''thine'' ''owne '' were; any mans ''death'' diminishes ''me'', because I am involved in ''Mankinde''; And therefore never send to know for whom the ''bell'' tolls; It tolls for ''thee''.
->--'''Creator/JohnDonne''',
''thee''."''
-->--'''Creator/JohnDonne''',
quoted in the {{epigraph}}
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