Comparing The Old Man And The Color Of Water

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Most obstacles melt away when a person makes up their mind to walk boldly through them. This statement is simply alluding to the fact that in order for a person to conquer the challenges in their path, they need to decide on how they will react in order to carry out their actions. How a hero responds to the situation they are in will define their character. A hero will not be successful in conquering their challenges without acquiring certain characteristics to aid them in the right direction to do so. According to Hemingway, the ideal hero requires specific traits that will enable them to overcome difficulties in life.

Throughout The Old Man And The Sea and The Color of Water, the characters in both novels exhibit the trait of being set
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Determination gives a person the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before them. A person has to know that there will be obstacles, there will be doubters, there will even be mistakes, but with hard work, there are no limits. Strength doesn 't come from what a person can do. It comes from overcoming the things they once thought they couldn 't; never letting their defeat destroy or deter them, but instead letting their defeat be the thing that strengthened them and defined them. Through the course of Ernest Hemingway 's novel The Old Man And The Sea, the character Santiago struggled to fight off the Galanos sharks who were coming one by one to eat what 's left of the Marlin that he finally caught while on his boat far out at sea. "Now they have beaten me, he thought. I am too old to club sharks to death. But I will try it as long as I have the oars and the short club and the tiller" (Hemingway 112). Determined to continue fighting despite of defeat shows a true hero. No matter how hard the situation may be people should not quit so easily, but instead use the struggle that they are faced with as a motivation to fight harder. A person might feel giving up is the easiest thing to do, but holding it all together when everyone expects them to crumble that, is true strength. For Santiago, he knew that the sharks had won, and that he is too old to compete with any of the sharks, but nevertheless he didn 't give up, instead he did his best to fight off the sharks with what he had. Above all, always continuing to fight in despite of defeat, helps a person to not give up in order to overcome the challenges in life. In "The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber" by Ernest Hemingway, the
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