Love In Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man And The Sea

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When I was younger I was very close with my grandmother and loved her very much. Our relationship was complicated, my grandmother had Breast Cancer and her schedule was very unpredictable with chemo and radiation treatments and after those we did not know how she would feel. Likewise, in Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and The Sea, Santiago loves the sea, but he also recognizes its unpredictability for he does not know when the sea will change. Hemingway portrays a relationship between a love for a man and woman to reveal the difficulties of a relationship and its tie to being unpredictable. Hemingway reveals a story symbolizing the love of a man and woman. The couple is hiding these feelings that the relationship holds. In relationships…show more content…
The symbolizing story is a fight between the old man and the sea. The sea reveals the marlin to Santiago, we can interpret the marlin as the difficulties in a relationship similar to an argument. The marlin tries desperately to pull away as if it does not want to be seen. Santiago thinks, "You are killing me, fish... But you have a right to” (Hemingway 92). This marlin continues to circle, coming closer and finally comes up to the surface. At last it is next to the skiff, and Santiago drives his harpoon into the marlin's chest. An hour after Santiago killed the marlin, sharks appears. 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

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