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Throughout Ernest Hemingways For Whom the Bell Tolls Robert Jordan struggles to assign some value to human life - specifically to his own life This struggle reveals a weakness in Jordans cold calculated nature a weakness that Hemingway poignantly depicts through Jordans conflicted attitudes towards his father and grandfather While Jordan clearly admires and aspires to be like his grandfather a brave soldier in the Civil War and the Indian wars he endeavors to rid himself of the image of his fathers cowardly suicide for which he shows great disdain This conflict is intensified by Jordans almost imminent death The conclusion at which point his conflict is resolved as he realizes the value of all life provides insight into the changes that he endures to reach this stage Through Jordans noble death a clear repudiation of his fathers suicide Hemingway is making a statement on the immense difference between willingness to die and desire to die Jordans conflicted feelings towards his father and grandfather expose a discontinuity in his usually steadfast emotions and eventually aid him in resolving his inner struggle concerning death and the value of life Often throughout the novel Hemingway returns to the motif of the significance of human life which he mainly depicts through Robert Jordans self-conflicts Amidst all the killing of the war Jordan searches for meaning in the dead mens lives At times his uncompassionate nature is strongest in this conflict as in the passage in which Jordan relates the difference between him and Kashkin to Agust I am alive and he is dead Robert Jordan said Then Is that all it means to you now It never meant much he told himself truly You tried to make it mean something but it never did 289 However it is clear that Jordan has been emotionally affected by the killing he has done How many is it that you have killed He asked himself I dont know Do you think
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