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In the book For Whom the Bell Tolls the main character Robert Jordan is assigned the task of blowing up a bridge during the Spanish Civil War He is faced with many conflicts and because of the ambiguity of his future he does not think ahead about what his life might be like once he is free and the war is over He is unable to face complexity and tries to avoid thinking at all costs Each time that he faces his motivation for killing his mind is clouded with uncertainties and doubt Jordan cannot see past the present and as a result he sets his reasoning to the task at hand accordingly The many times in the book when he ponders on what his life might be like after the war he stops himself remembering that he is here for just one reason to carry out the duties that were designated to him He told himself He would not think of himself into any defeatism The first thing was to win the war If we did not win the war everything was losthe was serving in a war and he gave absolute loyalty and as complete performance as he could give while he was serving Robert Jordan programmed himself to thinking that he had no life after his service He was required to do his job and after that what lay ahead was insignificant He did not look beyond the war for fear of being disappointed There was a chance that he would die and would not be able to accomplish what he longed to do He devoted his life to fighting in order to help the Spanish Jordan tried not to look at anything other than the specific task set before him the destruction of a bridge and action became a ritual for him He tried not to look at what could go wrong or if he survived what he would do with
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