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"All Mankind is of One Author, and is One Volume": An examination of commitment and abandonment in Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay examines commitment and abandonment structured as two binary opposites informing For Whom the Bell Tolls. The intention behind this structuring is to highlight Hemingway’s message of the novel, set forth by the epigraph by Donne; everyone is part of mankind and every death diminishes everyone equally. The consistent structuring of characters can be seen by the fact that everyone who is committed, loyal and honest is punished while the reverse is true for people who abandon, desert and betray. The one exception to this is Pilar who, because of the role as a liberated woman given to her by Hemingway, is not included in this general categorization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 17 p.
Keyword [en]
Ernest, Hemingway, For, Whom, Bell, Tolls, commitment, abandonment, epigraph, John, Donne, binary, opposition
National Category
General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-25919Local ID: EN:1OAI: diva2:600148
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-01-30 Created: 2013-01-23 Last updated: 2013-01-30Bibliographically approved

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