Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls
Hemingway’s fourth novel is my favorite book of all time. It is set during the Spanish Civil War, and focuses on a Hemingway Hero named Robert Jordan, an American teacher who volunteers to fight for the Loyalist cause in Spain.
This book has had a profound impact on me. The author’s famous attitude of grace under pressure has affected many of my actions during turbulent times in my life.
The Hemingway hero follows a distinct code, one which embodies Papa’s ideal existence. He recognizes that life is stressful, chaotic, and painful, yet he lives daily with honor, courage, and endurance.
Like Hemingway, I believe that death is inevitable, so I disregard it. It is how we live our lives that matters.
Robert Jordan exemplifies adherence to the code of a hero in For Whom the Bell Tolls, and inspires me to live honorably.
While Ernest himself had some personal issues to deal with, looking past his life and extracting the wisdom of his main characters helps to make life worth living.