For Whom the Bell Tolls

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The Disillusionment of Hemingway with War Hemingway uses certain repetitive themes and ideas in his book, For Whom the Bell Tolls, which relate to the grander dogma that he is trying to teach. By using these reoccurring ideas, he is able to make clear his views on certain issues and make the reader understand his thoughts. The most notable of this reoccurring theme is that of war. Hemingway uses the war concept as paradoxical irony …

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…been made to fight one another. In another book by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front, a notable quote said by one of the characters trapped in war stands out—“…maybe they (the leaders of both sides) all just strip down to their underwear to step into a ring and fight it out amongst themselves to determine the winner and let the rest of us stay home.” It seems Hemingway agrees too.