Comparing Mark Twain's 'The Old Man And The Sea'

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The Old Man and the Sea takes the story of the one that got away to a new level with a giant fish the size of two large sharks. From the beginning it is obvious the old man was destined to encounter the giant fish, “’I hope no fish will come along so great that he will prove us wrong.’ ‘There is no such fish if you are still strong as you say.’” (pg. 9) This is a very stereotypical story on the surface of the one that got away but there is a deeper meaning imbedded inside. Often the old man’s sanity is brought to the surface and revealed through his conversations with himself or his actions. In The Old Man and the Sea, the underlining meaning proves to be a battle for the old man’s sanity with the fish’s presence being there only to strengthen the battle.
In the beginning of the story the old man is often mistaking one event with another, like the baseball players. “That means nothing. The great DiMaggio is himself again.” (pg. 8) The young boy would correct him and would tell him the correct answer to that question or event that occurred. “They have other men on the team.” (pg. 8) In many ways the young boy seemed to be the connection to reality that the old man needed to function each day.
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He often would be caught talking to the fish and the birds even him. “’How old are you? The old man asked the bird. ‘Is this your first trip?’” (pg. 25) He would often correct himself on what he was thinking or doing evening. The interesting thing is he even realized that this was a sign of going insane. ”’If the others heard me talking out loud they would think that I am crazy,’ he said aloud.” (pg. 17) He knew and realized how others would believe him to be insane but he didn’t care for when he was alone he needed something to talk to and that just so happened to be
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