The Other War in For Whom the Bell Tolls: Maria and Miltonic Gender-Role Battles
Advocates for a close textual analysis of the novel, particularly aimed at finding literary allusions. Focuses on the lovemaking scene between Jordan and Maria, particularly addressing allusions to Milton’s Paradise Lost. Argues that Maria acts against her stereotypical gender role, instead operating as an independent agent in the novel. Several references to The Garden of Eden.