Theme Of Heroism In The Old Man And The Sea

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The old man and the sea is a song of praise about code hero.the theme that it reveals here is the image of code hero and the spirit of transcending death attitude.that is to say, a code hero redefines the meaning of life after experiencing the process of full understanding of the tragic result--death,facing it calmly and fighting with in bravely.Santiago in the old man and the sea is the spokesperson of Hemingway’s will and spirit.from the very beginning of the story,Santiago is characterized and one struggling again defeat. The old man’s fishing action can be regarded as the archetype of Hemingway’s whole life journey. Although the old man has caught the fish,the merciless destiny turns his efforts into nothing instantly.however, he refused…show more content…
We can say,the old man and the sea is a story of victory rather than a story of failure.although Santiago loses the battle with sharks in the defense of his great marlin.he maintains his human dignity and “grace under pressure”.particularly,the manner in which he endures his loss and he faces the unavoidable failure is a kind of victory. The old man transcends failure and even death through his inner spirit of not being defeated.Beyond the spirit lies a dignity and a combination of perseverance and endurance. Santiago’s features of tough guy are displayed one by one clearly through his inner world,language as well as brave action. Santiago has transcended the fear of death through his action at the end of the novel. He makes the flower of his life in full bloom,shining brightly.his life gets sublimated through transcending the…show more content…
Though Santiago knows it well that the human struggle is useless under the control of the powerful nature and fate,he still encourages people to fight. In this way, the novel casts a streak of light to the people after the World War in American.It Urges them to set up a new lifestyle in the society.this is just value and significance of this novel.Affected by it , many American people change their attitudes towards life.Though they were sure they would lose the battle,they still struggle in life because they know clearly they win the spiritual battle rather than the physical one and only by struggling could they begin the new life.Even at present,the spirit embodied by Santiago is of great significance.in our daily lives,we are unavoidable to come across different kinds of difficulties and obstacles. Some many come from work and others may be from our study.We should face and try our best to overcome them instead of complaining. The spirit of tough guy and his attitude towards death used to be,is and will be a guide for us to lead us to live a more meaningful and valuable life.However,as a famous saying goes,every coin has tow sides.The spirit of code hero has its limitation.The personal heroism he shows seems incompatible with the present society advocating cooperation and teamwork. However, Defects
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