Spanish Civil War and Literature

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Spanish Civil War has been one of the most important historical backgrounds for the production of great literary pieces, and several significant authors of the twentieth century have produced magnificent literary creations on the civil war. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), a celebrated fictional novel which narrates the story of Robert Jordan, by Earnest Hemingway, As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning (1969), an epic non-fictional account of the Spanish Civil War, by Laurie Lee, and Homage to Catalonia (1938), a personal account of the author's experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War, by George Orwell are three prime examples of this fact.


The authors of these literary pieces employ different literary devices in their works such as adjectives, hyperbolic language, use of allusion, etc and each of these devices has immense significance as the authors depend greatly on these in narrating their experiences of the civil war. The contrasting methods of the writers find most valuable in an understanding the different accounts of the experiences in the Spanish Civil War, and the authors have been effective in portraying the picture of the civil war. This paper makes a comparative analysis of the accounts of the civil war experiences by the three authors Orwell, Hemingway, and Lee, focusing on their use of different literary devices to portray the Spanish Civil War.
Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls narrates the story of Robert Jordan, a young American in one of the anti-fascist guerilla groups during the Spanish Civil War. ...
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