The novel, The Old Man and the Sea, is a story about an old man, Santiago, who experienced great adversity but did not give up. The author, Ernest Hemingway, describes how an old man uses his experience, his endurance and his hopefulness to catch a huge marlin, the biggest fish he has ever caught in his life. The old man experienced social-emotional, physical, and mental adversity. However, despite the overwhelming challenges, he did not allow them to hold him back but instead continued to pursue his goal of catching a fish with determination. Santiago’s character, his actions and the event in the novel reveals an underlying theme that even when one is facing incredible struggles, one should persevere.
For many, continually fighting such a large fish and warding off sharks would be a traumatic experience. To Santiago, it was simply something that needed to be done. Such incredible strength and perseverance is something many would gloat about. However, the old man was latent about his pride and never once relished about his achievements. Santiago had great pride, conversely he never presented it in a repulsive way.
As a matter of fact, this tragedy had a very important effect on the people; especially, when the men went hunting for the whale’s blubber and waxy oil. These men never considered how dangerous the sea can be. In the following manner, the story of Moby Dick symbolizes the power of nature. Furthermore, the story talks about this man called Ahab that is the captain of the Pequod crew; it demonstrates his desire for vengeance on a whale that took one of his legs. Ever since that terrifying moment he has seen the whale as an obstacle or a wall that needs to de eliminate.
He never complained and whined about his bad luck streak, nor the marlin that challenges his strength, or the shark that ends up eating his catch. Instead, he does his very best, without complaining. He honors and respects the marlin for its dignity and tries to protect it against the sharks that would devour it. For a short moment in the novel, Santiago accepts defeat, saying, "I never knew how easy it is when you 're beaten." But, indeed, Santiago is not beaten.
Abstract: Ernest Hemingway’s protagonists share some specific qualities that define them as ‘code heroes’. The code by which the protagonists live is related to dignity, courage, endurance, self-control, and grace under pressure. The protagonists of Hemingway, in the course of their steady evolution, overcome the harsh realities of life with their code. In the novel, To Have and Have Not, Hemingway presents the protagonist, Harry Morgan’s, struggle for existence during the period of economic Depression in 1930s. He is an exceptional fisherman who owns a boat and occasionally arranges fishing trips for tourists to make some quick money.
Santiago treats the big fish as worthy antagonist and in catching him he response to his spiritual need of pride and of profession beside the physical need and to that fish which appears different to him from other fish, he expresses his deepest love and respect as well as to consider the marlin his equal and his brother in a world characterized by its incredible beauty and its deadly violence. The first thing that the old man has realized after the bird rests on his line, after sharing other creatures that sea, and after seeing a flight of wild ducks go over is that “no man was ever alone on the sea” (61). Both Santiago and the marlin struggle equally and both share the roles of the protagonist and antagonist to each another in a world that all the creatures are submitted to be both hunter and hunted. Santiago has a sense of guilt for that there is no victory for him in killing that marlin since the struggle is equal and thereafter by killing the marlin and losing it to the sharks, he has caught a sense of sin and learns that people who go far out beyond their depth and their places in life will certainly fall; the arrival of the sharks is an expected punishment for him for committing that sin of going so far.
Santiago never gives up on his fish, just like Christ never gives up on his followers. Santiago keeps a great attitude, relating to the theme of hopefulness. Next, Santiago knows that he may not be the strongest and most popular fisherman, but that does not keep him from persevering. He reasures himself when saying, "I may not be as strong as I think," the old man said. "But I know many tricks and I have resolution" (23).
He ended up using his natural instinct which was to save his whole crew over a bleeding cut. The fact that Louie is throwing himself into being the leader of the tough situation and using his mental skill to comprehend ideas which could lead to a different fate shows how skillful he really is. As can also be seen in the text: "He snatched the cord, reeled the raft to him, and climbed aboard. He rowed to Phil and Mac" (Hillenbrand 4, 5). This also shows how important skillfulness is due to the fact that Louie found his solution to a problem and put it in action.
As the sharks approaches the boat, Santiago prepares his harpoon, hoping to kill the shark before it tears apart the marlin. "The shark's head was out of water and his back was coming out and the old man could hear the noise of skin and flesh ripping on the big fish when he rammed the harpoon down onto the shark's head" (102). The dead shark slowly sinks into the deep ocean water leaving behind almost nothing of the marlin. After the voyage back to shore Santiago feels relief for the marlin may still be there but not
I thought everything was unexpected because when he went out to dump the ashes, I thought he was just going to go out and come back and be fine. But then a storm came and blew him off course, and he was way off track. This is when everything got interesting. I think the scariest part was when the shark was slamming into the side of the Frog because the shark saw the shine of the Frog's hull and thought it was a fish. In the story, David Alspeth is strong character because he never gives up finding his home and he doesn't think that his home is far.