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.
This is because it contains a variety of raw, utterly human emotions, and usually presents the ‘drive’ for the protagonist to accomplish an unbeatable task. In the Old Man and the Sea, Santiago is driven by his wounded pride to fare out far into sea in order to kill the Marlin. He succumbs to his pride and kills the marlin, and then questions it “You killed him (the marlin) for pride and because you are a fisherman…If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?” .A more humanlike attribute has never been
I know others better. (p.8).” The old man still wants to prove himself to the boy as he decided to sail far away alone to kill a truly big fish and to insist that he is not a salao as many have called him. “I told the boy I was a strange old man,” he said. “Now is when I must prove.” Thus, because of his greatness in the past and also the words from Manolin, they are a force that make the old man finally killed the great fish to be a prize for himself as a fisherman and to show the boy that he is the best fishermen like the boy wants him to
Amalia Pangelinan Stephanie Farrier LI 150 Sec. 01 April 29, 2015 The Old Man and the Sea We usually think of a hero as the stereotypical fit and strong individual who has the ability to fight and save the day, but a hero is more than just that. A hero is a person of courage, selflessness, and humility, admired for their brave acts and honorable qualities. In Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway presents the main character, Santiago, as a man eager to follow his passion and willing to take risks in life. Throughout all the trails he faces in the novel, his spirit remains undefeated.
Pi must challenge himself throughout his journey – he eats mean, kill beings, two things which he has always been opposed tow prior to his life being at stake. His survival ultimately trumped humility, even for an individual such as Pi who is deeply devout. When Pi details his story in “dry, yeastless, factuality” the idea of a manifestation of survival instinct is born, highlighting the theme even-more-so because he matches his own will to survive to Richard Parker. Although some may disagree that Richard Parker was physically in the boat with Pi, the very facts that Pi divides himself from the inhumaneness of survival show the power of such an instinct to
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.
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).
After spending 47 days on a life raft in the middle of the ocean with little food and water Louie is captured by the Japanese and transported to Kwajalein where the Japanese torture him and take everything dear to him. Louie stated, “Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen… The loss of it can carry a man off as surely as thirst, hunger, exposure, and asphyxiation, and with greater cruelty. In places like Kwajalein, degradation could be as lethal as a bullet.” Louie is humiliated and not only is his food and water taken away, but his dignity is stripped from him. The only way for him to recover was to take by his dignity and hope for a brighter future; a change. In the text, it says that “Deaths from illness and malnutrition were once commonplaces, but after the stealing school was created, only two POWs died, one from a burst appendix.
The flying fish was the reason he could catch fish and survive. He even struggled to kill flying fish but the desperation of keep going and to live was so great that when he caught a Dorado, Pi bludgeoned a Dorado to death. The need to stay alive was so great that it turned Pi from gentle, animal lover person into someone who thirsted for the blood of sea turtles. “Lord, to think I’m a strict vegetarian. To think that when I was a child I always shuddered when I snapped open a banana because it sounded to me like the breaking of an animal’s neck.
Name Tutor Course Date The Old Man and the Sea Analysis The novel The Old Man and the Sea written by American writer and journalist Ernest Hemingway tells about the man and his fight with a huge and strong fish and all obstacles he had to overcome during his exhausting fight. The Old Man and the Sea has a significant position among other works of Hemingway. What is more, it earned him the Nobel prize for Literature and the Pulitzer Prize It was written 12 years since his novel For Whom the Bell Rings was published achieving a huge success among critics. Some of his works published later were not as successful, and The Old Man and the Sea received warm reviews from many critics. “The Old Man and the Sea is generally considered by many to be his crowning achievement.