The Art of Ernest Hemingway and the Spanish Civil War Ernest Hemingway’s experience in the Spanish Civil War was reflected in the literature he produced about it. In novels like For Whom the Bell Tolls and plays like The Fifth Column, Hemingway sought to convey the essential character of the Spanish people that went beyond the politics involved on either side. While he was successful in the former and less so in the latter, Hemingway never broke faith the central tenet of his work during this period and perhaps his entire life; that individuals mattered far more than ideologies. In his article “Ernest Hemingway’s Spanish Civil War Experience” David Sanders writes that For Whom the Bell Tolls is a novel “about the Spanish Civil War which...The end:
.....e grand narratives like the Spanish Civil War in a way that de-emphasizes the institutions that he hated so much in favor of figures who are just people fighting for their own sense of honor. He had little use for concepts like ideological dogma. In his fictive universe, the dignity of the individual was far more important. Works Cited Gordimer, Nadine. "Hemingway's Expatriates." Transition.80 (1999): 86-99. Print. Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls. New York: Scribner, 1996. Print. Sanders, David. "Ernest Hemingway's Spanish Civil War Experience." American Quarterly 12.2 (1960): 133-43. Print. Thorne, Creath S. "The Shape of Equivocation in Ernest Hemingway's for Whom the Bell Tolls." American Literature 51.4 (1980): 520-35. Print.