The battle that The Old Man fights with the marlin, as well as the daunting task of defending the marlin from the countless sharks that follow the skiff, are two points in the novel where Hemingway really conveys the sense of struggling and suffering. This is how Hemingway tries to convey an underlying theme of the constant struggle between man and nature, by depicting the struggle between The Old Man and the Marlin, against all odds. The Old Man considers the fact that capturing the Marlin is such a great task for him since the Marlin is trying just as hard to evade and escape from The Old Man’s reach. Throughout this struggle, The Old Man, who eventually becomes very fatigued, keeps telling himself to push through the pain and bear it like a real man would. He pushes past the faintness and dizziness he experiences, he pushes himself to see beyond the black spots in his weary vision and he pushes past the pain in his hands to catch the Marlin which puts up a great fight against this frail old man.
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 was able to give the reader a kind of bumpy ride as they read on the in each line he was able to give the reader an descriptive idea on what was going on as the old man had to deal with the ordeal of trying to catch the marlin and trying to also trying to survive long enough to catch the marlin and bring it back to his island. He fought off sharks that took bites out of the great marlin that he had captured and by the time that he did make it back to his island he almost died and the marlin had been mostly bone that was left from the onslaught of sharks taking bites as he floated his
It's a tendency of one’s own body. The character that shows the most courage is the old, Santiago this can be seen.(68) The old man, Santiago has fear that the sharks might come and eat the fish that he caught, he said If sharks come, God pity him and me. The old man thinks he might have a bone spur, he said if the great DiMaggio had a bone spur and so simple an old man can do it.
“That nightmare cannot die, be eternal evil itself-horror, and pain, and chaos; there is no fighting her, no power can fight her, all that avails is flight(Book 12. 79-82).” Circe clearly explains that the sea monster named Scylla cannot be slain but, brave Odysseus doesn’t seem to take that as a challenge he simply tells his men to keep on rowing so that they can see their home once again. Circe tells Odysseus that he must create his own plan with his men and he decides to take the risk to go through the terrifying monster such as Amphitrite, Charybdis, and Scylla. “Cyclops if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laertes’ son, whose home’s on Ithaca (Book 9 .416-419).”
Jules Verne includes many themes in his book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. One major theme is masculinity, or qualities traditionally associated among men. “The captain fell on the earth, upset by the enormous mass which leaned upon him. The shark 's jaws opened wide, like a pair of factory shears, and it would have been all over with the captain; but, quick as a thought, harpoon in hand, Ned Land rushed toward the shark and struck it with its sharp point” (Verne 156). Masculinity is shown here because bravery is a trait commonly associated with men, and Ned Land had to be brave to help save Captain Nemo from the wide open jaws of the carnivorous shark.
What seemed to be the biggest bass in the river, snagged on the line. There is no way the boy could let Sheila know of this. The rest of the night, the narrator maneuvers the boat perfectly and somehow manages to keep the fish on the line, without Sheila having any knowledge. They finally reach their destination and the boy is faced with a crippling decision. The boy has to either cut the line, letting the fish go, or risk having Sheila lose all interest in him by reeling in the fish.
Pi is stranded on a lifeboat in the middle of an ocean with a fully grown Bengal tiger. Not the best situation to be in, but Pi’s survival instincts kicked in to survive at all costs. One way Pi shows his survival instinct is according to the text, “And so I pushed aside all thoughts of Richard Parker and fearlessly went exploring for freshwater,” (Pi 81). Pi shows in this action that the thirst for water overtook his fear of a Bengal tiger! This action alone is mind boggling because he risks getting mauled by a tiger just to quench his thirst.
Beowulf helps Grendel defeat himself when Grendel pulled off his own arm in the midst of cowardly running away. Even though Beowulf was able to capture and show off Grendel’s arm as a symbol of his bravery, he was still disappointed that he “did not hold [his] deadly enemy firm enough” so that he could not get away and provide Hrothgar Grendel’s
Andy Dehart, Discovery Channel Shark Advisor, spoke about the North Carolina shark over fishing problem. The shark populations on the East Coast were extremely over-fished which lead to the over population of sting rays, a main food-stock for sharks. The stingrays in turn decimated the shellfish populations on the East Coast, leading to calm and shellfish shortages. This shows that sharks are necessary for every eco-system and their destruction affects us in more ways then we can imagine. Sharks are very at-risk for over-fishing because they take a long time to reach the stage where they can reproduce and in general only have a few pups when they give birth.
Santiago was very dedicated to his hobby fishing, but he was never as dedicated as Beowulf. Santiago shows dedication towards his passion when he has “no luck anymore” he doesn’t quit fishing he tries even further and is always sure to go out and fishing so that “when luck comes you are ready”(Hemingway 32). Santiago demonstrates true dedication during this part of the novel because he knew he hadn’t had much luck, yet he still would go out try and it eventually paid off and he caught the biggest fish he had ever caught. When Beowulf was attacking the dragon he was not the same person who fought Grendel, he was a “famous old hero remembering days of glory, (he) lifted what was left of Nagling, his ancient sword, and swung it with all his strength”(Raffel 2677-2681).
Killer whales have no choice but to perform all day. “In his first home, Sealand in British Columbia, he was trained with other whales using punishment: if he mess up a trick, they’d all have their food withheld” (Lewis Helen). Other killer whales began a strong dislike at this and would scratch them with their teeth so hard he would bleed. They are forced to do tricks for people and they get frustrated because there enclosures are nothing compared to the wild.