Study Guide

For Whom the Bell Tolls Characters

By Ernest Hemingway

Robert Jordan

Ah, our hero. When you look at him one way, Robert Jordan's the ideal Hemingway man. Once a...

Maria

Ma-ri-a! He just met a girl named Maria! And we really do mean just met. Maria and Robert Jordan...

Pablo

By all accounts, Pablo's not good news. Not good-looking, either. He's "dirty," "stubble-faced,"...

Pilar

It's hard to imagine a more colorful first line than Pilar's as she emerges from the cave...

Anselmo

Anselmo's a good guy, a really good guy – he's basically the moral conscience of the book....

Agustín

Our first meeting with Agustín is pretty memorable and pretty revealing. He's on sentry duty...

Karkov

Karkov's most intelligent guy Robert Jordan knows, with a fine taste in literature, a fine taste...

El Sordo

El Sordo (real name: Santiago) is a well-weathered warrior, getting on in years (partially deaf...

Rafael

In Pablo's band, Rafael is "the worthless one." He's not dedicated, he's not disciplined, and...

Andrés

Andrés is the younger in a pair of brothers in Pablo's band, the other being Eladio. He's a...

Primitivo

Poor Primitivo. There's just not a whole lot to say about him, besides the fact that he's got a...

Fernando

Dignity, dignity, dignity. If you want a relic from a bygone age in Spain, you've found it in...

Eladio

Eladio is actually memorable for being the least memorable character of the book. Although he's a...

Golz

Golz is the Russian general responsible for leading the Republican offensive, of which Robert...

Kashkin

Kashkin's already dead when the book starts, and we don't even see him alive in a flashback....

Joaquin

Joaquin is a teenage boy in El Sordo's group, and the only person in the group besides El Sordo...

Lieutenant Berrendo

Lt. Paco Berrendo is the only fascist soldier we remotely get to know. He's one of the soldiers...

Gomez

Captain Rogelio Gomez is the Republican officer who gives Andrés a helping hand when he...

Comrade Andre Marty

Also known as "The Crazy," Comrade Marty is a very well-known French Communist and the Commissar...

Lieutenant-Colonel Miranda

A mediocre Republican officer who's been in the army all his life, and in the process lost his...

Captain Mora

Mora's just a fool. He's the overconfident leader of the fascist troops who attack El Sordo....

Finito

Finito is an old flame of Pilar and, like Kashkin, a dead character whom we only hear about...

Robert Jordan's grandfather

Robert Jordan's idol was his grandfather. A Civil War veteran, engaged Republican (American...

Robert Jordan's father

Robert Jordan's father committed suicide and, thereby, earned Robert Jordan's lasting contempt.

Ignacio

Ignacio is one of El Sordo's men, who makes it to the top of the hilltop where El Sordo stages...

Dolores Ibarruri (La Pasionaria)

La Pasionaria, the famous orator and inspirational figure for the Republicans, is another real...