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For Whom the Bell Tolls
SUBJECTS — Literature/U.S.; World/Between World Wars & Spain;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage in War;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Citizenship.
Age: 12+; Not Rated; Drama; 1943; 130 minutes; Color.
An American volunteer for the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939) is sent to blow up a strategic bridge. He meets a girl and they fall in love; but before love, there is the matter of the bridge. This is an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's classic novel about love and death during the Spanish Civil War.
Hemingway's novel For Whom the Bell Tolls is the defining English language fictional treatment of the Spanish Civil War. Hemingway's novel is a triumph of style. While the movie is a reasonable adaptation of the novel, it cannot match the beauty of Hemingway's prose. Children who are good readers, ages 14 and above, should be encouraged to read the book before seeing the movie.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to For Whom the Bell Tolls provides background and discussion questions that will help teachers introduce the Spanish Civil War and explore the themes of this work. The novel and the film will supplement courses on the history of Spain, Europe between the World Wars, and the lead up to the Second World War.
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For Whom the Bell Tolls is the definitive American fictional treatment of the Spanish Civil War.
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Why did Roberto go to Spain to fight and die for the people of another country? How does this relate to the concept of citizenship?
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