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Old Man at the Bridge

The theme of "The Old Man at the Bridge" is that war not only threatens to destroy the lives of soldiers on the battlefield, but all living beings who happen to be in its path. This anti-war story...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2020 10:45 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The old man is symbolic of the devastating effects of war on civilians who have nothing to gain from the conflict. When the narrator meets him, the old man is simply "too tired to go any farther,"...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020 7:11 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The narrator of "The Old Man at the Bridge" is a soldier. Whether he is a military man by profession or, like Hemingway, someone who joined the Republican army to fight the Fascists out of...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2020 1:38 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

It means that the old man has chosen not to take sides in the Spanish Civil War. This would make him a rare individual indeed, because virtually all Spaniards supported one side or the other,...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019 6:10 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The old man at the bridge is just an ordinary guy from a small town. He's not actively involved in the Spanish Civil War; he doesn't have any deep-seated political convictions. And yet, he's had...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 9:10 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

“Old Man at the Bridge” is a very moving account of how ordinary people are invariably the victims of conflict. Even those like the old man who choose not to take sides and are not in any way...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2020 10:50 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The story conveys the ravages of war in a variety of ways. Often, the old man is frequently discussed regarding this type of question. He most certainly seems to be in a mental state of complete...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2019 11:24 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The animal symbolism in the story is quite prominent. The four pigeons are the most likely to survive because of their ability to fly above the fray created by mankind. It is thought that pigeons...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020 4:32 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

Hemingway reportedly wrote "The Old Man at the Bridge" at the conclusion of the Civil War in Spain. In the final battle, the fascist rebels and soldiers of the Republican government waged war over...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2019 3:27 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The bridge could be said to symbolize a means of escape for the old man from his present life, a chance to start a new life in another town. But it could just as easily symbolize an uncertain...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2018 9:41 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

This is the type of story in which the conflict is not between the principal characters but between much larger forces whose struggle affects the lives of the little people unavoidably involved. On...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 10:00 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The story shows how war destroys and upends lives without having to shed blood. It opens with a picture of the dusty men, women, and children, along with their mule-drawn carts, displaced from...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 12:25 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

This is a very good question. It does seem as though the narrator is spending a lot of time talking with the old man under the circumstances. The narrator is expecting to see the enemy forces...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2015 2:01 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The primary significance of Easter Sunday in the story lies in the fact that it provides a stark contrast to the action that unfolds. Easter Sunday is traditionally a time of joyous celebration, a...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 10:25 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The narrator asks the old man, “What politics have you?” The old man answers that he is "without politics.” The narrator is a soldier and works as a scout for a group of soldiers who are fighting...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2018 3:01 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The narrator is clearly sympathetic towards the old man. He's a soldier, and so he has firsthand experience of the horrors of war, especially the damaging impact it can have on innocent civilians...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 7:08 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

It's difficult to know for sure, but the likelihood is that he'll simply stay where he is and take his chances. The old man's at the stage in life where he's effectively given up the ghost and so...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 11:17 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

In this story, we learn that the main character, an old man, has been displaced from his rural village by the Spanish Civil War. He has been forced to leave his animals—goats, a cat, and...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2017 6:42 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

Quite simply, a pontoon bridge is a bridge that floats on water. It utilizes small barges or boats to stay afloat. The design of the pontoon bridge is reflective of its temporary nature. Pontoon...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019 7:46 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The old man explains to the soldier at the bridge that he was the last one to leave the town of San Carlos (the story takes place during the Spanish Civil War) because he had to take care of his...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 2:41 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The old man has just crossed the bridge and has sat down beside the road because he is too tired to go any farther. He is one of the many civilians fleeing before the advancing forces of...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015 6:39 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

“The Old Man at the Bridge” is set during the Spanish Civil War—the old man is a civilian in loyalist territory; the narrator is a loyalist sympathizer, and it is only a matter of time before the...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016 3:30 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The short story "The Old Man at the Bridge" by Ernest Hemingway takes place in the Ebro Valley in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. The narrator, whose mission is to scout for enemy troops,...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2019 2:38 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The narrator is a soldier, serving with the Republican forces in the Spanish Civil War. It's Easter Sunday, and the enemy Fascists are rapidly approaching. Numerous refugees are making their way to...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2018 11:09 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

"The Old Man at the Bridge" is one of Hemingway's stories in which he deliberately leaves out most exposition in order to focus on the here and now. The reader has to make all kinds of assumptions...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2015 11:19 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

During the Spanish Civil War, the first person narrator of Hemingway's short story "Old Man at the Bridge" comes across an old man sitting by the road near where both Republican army and refugees,...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 10:08 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The Ebro River is one of the longest and most important rivers in Spain. It cuts the country in two along a northeast/southwest line. It is also the name of one of the most important battles in the...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 9:29 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The soldier narrator realizes that the old man is in a dangerous situation. The Fascists are due to arrive at any moment, and so it's in the old man's best interests to get moving and join with the...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 4:37 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

In Hemingway's short story, he observes civilians and Republican soldiers crossing over a platoon bridge as the enemy rapidly approaches the Ebro River. The short story takes place during the...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2018 4:25 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The old man has already walked twelve kilometers away from his home town San Carlos. He is sitting in dust on the road side close to a bridge on the River Ebro. He is worried about his animals that...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2015 2:43 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The soldier narrator of the story sees an old man sitting down by the side of a dusty road. The enemy's fast approaching and thousands of refugees are streaming across the bridge to escape. The...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2018 12:24 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The narrator is left in a state of despair at the end of the story because he is worried about the old man but is unable to offer him any help. The narrator is a scout of sorts for the camp of...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2018 2:32 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The old man at the bridge left his home in San Carlos because his town was under attack. In the story, the old man tells the narrator that he was told by the army captain to leave. Apparently, San...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2017 6:25 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The setting of this story is the Spanish Civil War. It is written on an Easter Sunday at the Ebro River during Hemingway's coverage of the Spanish Civil War in April 1938. Rather than sending in...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2018 8:11 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The titular old man is "without politics," as he says in response to the narrator's question. Throughout the narrator's conversation with the old man, we learn several other things about him: he is...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019 6:16 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

Hemingway's narrator recounts the story in a detached, journalistic style that does not reveal his attitude toward the old man until the end. Then the narrator states: There was nothing to do...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 1:13 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

Surrounded by war, the old man faces likely death from an enemy whom he doesn't even know. In effect, he is pondering why he deserves death in this war. He has committed no crimes and was only...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019 1:40 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

"The Old Man at the Bridge" by Ernest Hemingway takes place in the Ebro Delta during the Spanish Civil War in 1938. The inhabitants of villages in a section of countryside are being evacuated due...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2018 5:42 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

First let's define what it means to be fatalistic. Basically, fatalism is the belief that we have little control over future events. It is also the belief that we can do little to change what fate...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2017 8:07 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

When the soldier narrator asks the old man sitting on the side of the road where he is from, the old man replies that he is from San Carlos. He proceeds to tell the soldier that he was the last...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018 9:24 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

Hemingway's "The Old Man At The Bridge" is set during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), when the left-leaning Republicans fought against the right-leaning Nationalists. The bridge mentioned in the...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 10:26 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

In this story by Ernest Hemingway, the old man has been evacuated along with his fellow villagers and had no choice but to leave behind the animals in his care. These were a cat, some doves, and...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 4:43 am UTC

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The narrator reveals at the end of the story that the enemy Fascist planes were not flying because it was an overcast day with a low cloud ceiling. It strikes the narrator, a soldier fighting...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 9:09 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

In meeting his likely death, the old man is much more worried about the welfare of his animals than his own situation. The story is told from the first-person point of view of a soldier whose task...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 1:51 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

At the end of the story, the narrator explains that "There was nothing to do about [the old man]" on the bridge. He has tried to encourage the old man to get off the bridge and walk toward where he...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 6:35 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The incident described in "Old Man at the Bridge" takes place during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The narrator appears to be one of the many foreigners who volunteered to aid the Loyalists...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2015 6:23 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

In his short story "Old Man at the Bridge," a soldier helps evacuate civilians to safety during the Spanish Civil War. While ushering people across a pontoon bridge and away from enemy troops, he...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021 8:39 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The setting of "Old Man at the Bridge" is during the Spanish Civil War. The narrator, who is a soldier for the Republican side of the war, finds this lone elderly man sitting near the bride, unable...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019 7:22 pm UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The old man in the Ernest Hemingway's short story "Old Man at the Bridge" is certainly representative of the plight of civilians during wartime. In this short story, a war correspondent during the...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 1:12 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

The old man's actually sitting by the side of the road in the dust. What's unusual about this is that he's not showing any sense of urgency. The fascists are about to arrive at any moment, and...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2019 9:42 am UTC

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