Role Of Women In For Whome The Bell Tolls

1014 words - 4 pages

In Hemingway’s novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls, the role of women is something one can not avoid noticing. Although only two women appear in the book, the distinction of their characters, and their influence on the situation are apparent from their introduction.
     Pilar, even from the beginning is constantly referred to as being like a man. One of her main features and personality traits is that she has the confidence, knowledge, and look of a man. This is apparently a praisable quality because the men compliment her on it constantly. She also has the ability to really understand the strategies of war, to the point of becoming the new leader of Pablo’s band fairly early in the story. However, she has not lived her life as though she were a man. She is technically the woman of Pablo, and has had many experiences with other men before. She tells us of her time in Valencia.
      “We made love and then sent for another pitcher of beer with the drops of its coldness on the glass...” (86)
     She seems very feminine and beautiful in this passage, and in many other descriptions of her past, but Hemingway always tells us, quite frequently through Pilar’s own dialogue, that she is masculine and ugly. (97)
      Maria, the second female character, is just the opposite of that. She is perhaps the only representation of feminine nature at all, not including the country of Spain, for which they are fighting. She is described as very beautiful despite the fact that she has recently been in captivity where she was raped and had her hair cut off. She is submissive, yet not weak. She has an inner strength that comes with surviving torture, but it is not one of her overwhelming characteristics. Robert Jordan calls her “little rabbit” which seems a suiting cognomen. She is small and dependent like a rabbit. She lets Pilar tell her what to do for the most part, and when Robert Jordan comes she becomes his woman at Pilar’s suggestion. We are not told if this behavior is due to the fact that she was captivated for so long, or if she was like that before her entrapment, but it seems likely that her recent living arrangements had something to do with it. It is clear that Robert Jordan likes her behavior, and that to him it accentuates her beauty, but even Jordan is surprised occasionally.
     Before their first sexual experience, when he thought she just came to visit, and it was him who had invited her into his sleeping bag, he discovers that she is not wearing any shoes.
     “”Thee came barefooted” he said.
     “And you had no fear.”
     “Yes. Much. But more fear of how it would be to take my shoes off.”” (72)
     He realizes that Pilar had planned the whole thing, and she knew why she was...

Find Another Essay On role of women in for whome the bell tolls

The Bell Tolls for the Educational System in Turkey

1056 words - 4 pages traditional system, Turkey cannot meet twenty-first century expectations in the future. For these reasons the bell tolls for the educational system in Turkey. Works Cited Thomas, Douglas, and John Seely Brown. “A Tale of Two Cultures.” A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change. Lexington, KY: Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown, 2011. 34-38. Print. Uckun, Berrin, and Jessica Buchanan.“Investigation of Cross-cultural Communication between Native English -speaking Lecturers and their Students in Turkish Tertiary Education.” University of Gaziantep Journal of Social Sciences. 8.1(2009): 101-129. Print.

Mourning and Melancholia in Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls

2945 words - 12 pages Mourning and Melancholia in Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) begins with a quotation from John Donne’s “Meditation XVII.” With this epigraph, Hemingway identifies the source of his title and defines the connections achieved between human beings through mourning.: Donne’s argument begins, “No man is an island,” and it concludes with an assertion of our bond to the dead: “never send to

Historical Analysis of For Whom The Bell Tolls

1347 words - 5 pages message of John Donne that states, “No man is an Island” (Hemingway iv). The quote refers to the custom of ringing a bell when someone dies, which informs a community that someone has passed away. Donne feels that that humanity is interconnected and what affects one affects us all. As a result, we all are affected when one person dies, which implies when the bell tolls, it tolls for us all. Jordan recognizes that when one person is killed in Spain as

Thematic Analysis of For Whom the Bell Tolls

670 words - 3 pages Physical injury is the damage that can be seen the most clearly in For Whom the Bell Tolls and in war in general. The novel is set in May of 1937 during the Spanish Civil War in the Guadarrama mountain range in Spain. The protagonist of the novel, Robert Jordan, left his job in America to fight for the Republican side due to his strong aversion to the Fascist Party. During the course of the novel, Jordan is sickened by the violence of war, as he

analysis of Karl Shapiro's "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

1082 words - 4 pages being closed makes the impression that death did actually occur at the scene, which is grimly described in the second stanza. The words themselves continue to give clues about the theme in line 11 which reads, 'Then the bell, breaking the hush, tolls once.' I saw this line as an allusion to an old expression taken from poetry for the unpredictablilty of death, 'for whom the bell tolls'. The expression emphasizes the fact that no one knows who

Analysis of "for whom the bell tolls" by ernest hemingway

641 words - 3 pages republic guerillas have been fighting for months. As the book continues, the theme gradually grows along with the stakes of the war. And a reader can connect with the characters in the novel because they have many things at risk including their lives in the civil war.B. The theme of the work is not specifically relevant to the teenage group. War is currently in process, but teens are not the ones on the frontlines so it can be difficult to

For whom the bell tolls - summ

1198 words - 5 pages Novel Analysis: For Whom the Bell Tolls By Ernest Hemingway Setting: The story first takes place in Guadarrama Mountains, during the Spanish civil war. Robert Jordan, is an American teacher who has volunteered his services to the Loyalists in their fight against the Fascist rebels. He becomes torn between his new found love, Maria, and a life threatening mission. His love of Maria and the realization of his possible death is crucial to the

Ernest hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls

2282 words - 9 pages suicide on July 2, 1961. "A Movable Feast" was published after his death, and has been defined as a notebook he kept in the 1920's, while in Paris, France (Villapiano 1988). Although Hemingway has passed on, he was a remarkable man, and his style and notorious works live on through the writers of today.When reading an Ernest Hemingway novel, one must try very hard to focus on the joy and encouragement found in the work. For Whom the Bell Tolls is

For Whom The Bell Tolls(term-paper)

1747 words - 7 pages      When reading an Ernest Hemingway novel, one must try very hard to focus on the joy and encouragement found in the work. For Whom the Bell Tolls is full of love and beauty, but is so greatly overshadowed by this lingering feeling of doom--a feeling that does not let you enjoy reading, for you are always waiting for the let down, a chance for human nature to go horribly awry. This feeling is broken up into three

Ernest Hemingway's Code Hero in For Who The Bell Tolls and A Farewell To Arms

4496 words - 18 pages until Catherine became pregnant. Her baby was a stillborn and Catherine died from hemorrhages which started after the birth. Henry showed little emotion through the ordeal,keeping to himself throughout the event. Through the plot of this novel, Henry exhibited the same basic characteristics that Robert Jordan did in his role as a code hero in For Whom The Bell Tolls. Frederic Henry showed the ability to keep his cool under high pressure

For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

2107 words - 8 pages place, technological advancements made way for the development of commercial T.V. and microwave, the quantum theory and some timeless classics were written (The Diary of Anne Frank, 1984, and Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls), and a large-scale of Americans immigrated to the Philippines – the 1940’s – came as well the emergence of these so-called hipsters. During the early part of the decade, jazz, particularly bebop, became popular. It was then

Similar Essays

Changes In For Whom The Bell Tolls

1124 words - 4 pages Changes in For Whom The Bell Tolls   The novel For Whom The Bell Tolls was primarily about Hemingway's changes through wartime. Hemingway reveals these ideas about war through the narrator's thoughts and through the interaction between the major characters. Hemingway shows that war brings about a personal change, that reveals much about man's individuality and that time is limited.   Hemingway reveals much about the

For Whom The Bell Tolls Essay

663 words - 3 pages There are many themes that can be associated with the novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls. The story has love, hate, rivalry, duty, war, and several more topics of concern. However, war plays the most important role among all of the possible themes. There is war all around the characters, but it is not limited to battles or physical wars. Wars appear between ideologies, guerrilla band members, beliefs, inner emotions, and decisions. In For Whom the

For Whom The Bell Tolls Essay

1862 words - 7 pages The novel For Whom the Bell Tolls, written by Ernest Hemingway, is a story of passionate love throughout the brutality of the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway uses his personal experiences to portray the true meaning and feeling of this book. Ernest Miller Hemingway was born on July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. The neighborhood he grew up in was straight-laced and rigidly Protestant. Hemingway started his literary career

For Whom The Bell Tolls Essay

703 words - 3 pages The novel For Whom The Bell Tolls is based on one of Ernest Hemmingway's own experiences in the Spanish Civil War. This novel describes how irony and love gets in the way of a war and how devastating these affects can be. Irony, love and death is developed throughout this novel by a character named Robert Jordan. Jordan has been assigned a mission to blow up a bridge. On his journey he falls in love with a girl named Maria. This is where the