1) “I don’t like that sadness, he thought. That sadness is bad. That’s the sadness they get before they quit or betray. That is the sadness that comes before the sell-out.” Page 12
For Whom the Bell Tolls follows Robert Jordan, an American fighting on the side of the loyalists in the Spanish Civil War. Jordan joins a group of guerillas, namely Pablo, who used to be a respected and feared leader but is deteriorating into a drunk. When Jordan first meets Pablo, he compliments him on his courage and loyalty. However, he soon discovers Pablo is sullen, and it disturbs him. He realizes Pablo’s sullen sadness will result in tragedy.
A Hemingway code hero fights for freedom. His actions are determined by his own code of beliefs, not the vague causes of justice or glory. However, some who cannot accept the fight for freedom become disillusioned, or sullen and sad, in the case of Pablo. Pablo has fought valiantly for freedom, but it is not sustaining him. When this happens, as Jordan predicts, the person will sell out. This passage appears very early in the book and foreshadows Jordan’s dealings with Pablo as well as his own death.
2) “An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with fools.” Page 215
Pablo was once a revered guerilla leader, but after he obtained horses, he becomes sullen and begins to drink heavily, to the point his own men plot to kill him. He is not trusted and...
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