His fought for three days with marlin and the sharks with little food and water, this demonstrates a good survivor and his willpower. His accomplishments proves that he comfortable in the darkness of the ocean, as it is his home which he never feared, and adores the nature day and night. He is an unusual hero because although his material life is poor and he does not have any source of income, but his pride, confidence, independence and resilience is very high. His friendship with Manolin is strong, despite he is an old man and Manolin is a young boy, he gives the boy his experiences in life and fishing. He does not accept help because he believes it is the start of begging.
The old man was content with all of the highs and lows that the job offered him. In The Old Man and the Sea, the old man serves as an archetypal Hero throughout the book and experiences a daunting and life threatening task to catch a fish and end an 84 day drought. To begin with, the old man possesses all the necessary qualities to be characterized as the Hero. During the 84 day drought in which he went without a fish, he was still confident in his abilities and wouldn’t give up. He even took the chance of going farther out into sea than any other boat dared.
As Yonatan still tried to question he was intrigued by Sergei’s magical goldfish, Sergei became overprotective and killed the boy. He was just intimidated and didn't want to lose the thing he valued most. The goldfish kept him company and he had
Throughout the story, the oiler was one of the most industrious characters and most optimistic about life. This is evident when the author writes, “The oiler plied the oars until his head drooped forward and the overpowering sleep blinded him; and he rowed yet afterward” (116). The poor oiler who has been rowing all night is so exhausted that he falls asleep, yet somehow, he still manages to keep on rowing. This sets the oiler apart in the story as none of the other characters works as hard as he does. The oiler is also the only character who never says, “’If I am going to be drowned—if I am going to be drowned—If I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to come thus far and contemplate sand and trees?
The old man (Santiago) has a struggle with defeat. At the beginning of the book he tells how he is on a streak of not catching a fish for 84 days and that he will probably break his record of 87. The story also focuses on death. When it comes to the time for Santiago to kill the fish he feels a slight restraint due to the fish’s greatness. He feels that the fish is a worthy opponent and should be honored, even though he doesn’t want to kill it he sees that it is necessary for him to do so.
In the first part of the novella the author shows the reader that the old man has gone a long time, eighty four days, without catching any fish. However, this isn’t the first time that old man has gone through similar conditions because previously he had gone eight seven days without catching fish and then was able to catch a big fish everyday for three weeks. Nevertheless this doesn’t stop the boy’s parents from preventing Manolin to continue fishing with the old man. Although his parents refused to let him fish with the old man the boy still insists on helping in some way, “I would like to go. If I cannot fish with you.
Although the oiler and the correspondent switch off at tediously rowing, the oiler is the man who is the hardest worker of all on the dinghy. In addition to not sleeping or eating in past two days like the others on the dinghy, the oiler is said to have “worked double-watch in the engine-room of the ship” (Crane 1772) prior to it being swallowed up by the ocean. The strategy between the rowers is simple, “The plan of the oiler and the correspondent was for one to row until he lost the ability…” (Crane 1777). Despite being overworked, “The oiler plied the oars until his head drooped forward, and the overpowering sleep blinded him. And he rowed yet afterwards” (Crane 1777).
Knowing nothing about baseball before reading the book, Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea can open a reader's eyes to the importance of this sport to the main character, Santiago. He is a struggling fishermen and baseball keeps him going despite the hardships he goes through. He frequently refers to this beloved sport and to a Yankees’ player, DiMaggio. Baseball is the old man’s moral courage. DiMaggio is a model for the old man, baseball keeps him going, and brings him a spirit of competition and youth.
The character that shows the most courage is the old, Santiago this can be seen. (68) The old man, Santiago has fear that the sharks might come and eat the fish that he caught, he said If sharks come, God pity him and me. The old man thinks he might have a bone spur, he said if the great DiMaggio had a bone spur and so simple an old man can do it. The other character that displaces courage is the young boy, Manolin he shows this trait. When, the
It holds on for a few days and will not let go, and neither will Santiago. He will not give up until the fish dies or he does. Throughout the novella, the sharks demoralized Santiago when they destroyed the marlin by eating all the meat off it. Even though the sharks kept eating the big fish, Santiago continued to beat them and kill them to protect his prize catch. The old man also went 84 days without catching a single fish.