In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, the protagonist, Robert Jordan, is an American who has been hired to help the Republicans fight in the Spanish Civil War. He is stationed in the mountains with a group of guerrillas, and his mission is to blow up a bridge that the Nationalists are using to transport supplies.
The novel follows Jordan as he gets to know the people he is fighting with, and as he falls in love with one of the guerrillas, Maria. As the novel progresses, the situation at the bridge becomes more and more dangerous, and Jordan begins to doubt whether he will be able to complete his mission.
In the end, Jordan does succeed in blowing up the bridge, but he is killed in the process. The novel ends with a reflection on the futility of war, and on the human capacity for love and compassion, even in the midst of violence.
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