The passage on page 93, to page 95 is an excerpt from the old man and the sea a novel by Ernest Hemingway. This section of the book is where Santiago finally catches the fish he has been with for days. There is a lengthy description of how Santiago kills him with all his strength and lets his heart bleed into the sea. Ernest Hemingway portrays the twisted relationship between the man and the fish with literary techniques. He portrays this relationship through the use of imagery, structure, and paradox.
He even took the chance of going farther out into sea than any other boat dared. Hemingway wrote, “the sun rose thinly from the sea and the old man could see the other boats, low on the water and well in toward the shore, spread out across the current” (32). The old man was not scared of going out farther into the sea if it meant the possibility of catching a fish and ending his drought. Another time in the novel that the old man showed the properties of hero is when he hooked an enormous marlin and wouldn’t give up, even if it killed him. On page 92, the old man thinks to himself, “you are killing me, fish…” (Hemingway).
Hemingway presents the elements of failure and suffering in The Old Man and the Sea by depicting several instances of suffering and failure which the Old Man, Santiago, has to go through throughout the course of the novel. According to Hemingway, life is just one big struggle. In the beginning of the novel itself, The Old Man, is presented as a somewhat frail old man who is still struggling with his life as well as his past failures. His skiff even had a sail which bore great resemblance to “the flag of permanent defeat”, with its multiple patches all over. Throughout the novel, scenes of suffering and failure are shown several times, since the events of the novel depict the Old Man, Santiago, suffering on his boat with the real possibility
For its part, nature cared nothing about the five passengers. Our man, on the other hand, cared totally.” (Paragraph 6) The man in the water passed away with complete courage. Nature was the most powerful and took the lives of many people and even the most powerful, the man in the water. The theme is heroism in the article “The Man in the Water,” by Roger Rosenblatt. The first reason heroism is the main theme is because the man in the water did something extremely courageous.
Lions are seen as a symbol of power, fear, and intelligence. In fact, the Western and American culture see the lion as fearless and powerful, and the Native American culture sees it as a symbol of intelligence. In C.S. Lewis’s, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, lions play a big part in the story. For the most part, lions are fascinating animals that became a symbol for cultures around the world for being considered the king of beasts.
He challenged everything that comes on his way. He said man can be killed but not accept defeat from others. “But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” (Hemingway, 1952, p.29). Santiago was brave enough to accept the unavoidable thing like death or his mind was ready to face any struggle but he was a man who refused to accept defeat.
This is because of the fact that he thinks he is strong; therefore, pain does not matter to him. However, later on in the book, pain does matter to him because his constant suffering was making him weaker and weaker. The second quote: "I have no cramps…" (Hemingway, 64). This also shows a sign of pride and machismo because again, the old man wants to prove that he is strong and able to catch the marlin. The last quote: "A man can be destroyed but not defeated."
He has the perfect inspiration for the poem “The Sea is History”; his own home, his island. Walcott understands perfectly what imperialism means because his island, just like many other places around the world, has endured the consequences of being oppressed by other nation. Even though his island is independent,
I have always believed that if one works hard enough their hard work will be recognized by everyone. Their story of how they achieved greatness will be told, and their legacy will live on. However, Hemingway states: “That afternoon there was a party of tourists at the Terrance and looking down in the water ... a woman saw a great long spine with a huge tail at the end that lifted and swung with the tide… ‘What’s that?’ she asked a waiter … pointed to the long backbone of the great fish that was now just garbage… ‘Tiburon,’ the waiter said, ‘Eshark.’… ‘I didn’t know sharks had such handsome, beautifully formed tails.’ ‘I didn’t either,’ her male companion said.” (Hemingway, 92). From this, I saw that not everyone’s hard work is recognized by others. The tourists didn’t realize the carcass they were looking at was the one of the great marlin, the greatest the fishermen have ever seen.
He opens this poem by describing his story as “true song” about the “days of struggle” and “troublesome times” he suffers. (1-3) The author continuously uses imagery such as the “high streams,” the “tossing of salt waves” (33-35), and feet “bound by cold clasps […]” (8-10) to paint a picture of the seafarer’s harsh conditions during the first half of the work. The narrator explains that he sometimes becomes so lonely that he imagines the calls of the birds to be the voices of fellow sailors. In addition, the narrator differentiates himself from city-dwellers living an easy life by explaining that they cannot understand his pain and unlike them, he does not desire wealth, power or women. In the second half of the work, however, the author stops discussing the seafarer’s sufferings and changes his tone by preaching the benefits of sea exile.