Santiago enjoys keeping up with baseball, which is usually associated with younger people (“Themes”). The following is an example of when Santiago’s mind wandered to baseball: "He...tried to think of other things. He thought of the Big Leagues, to him they were the Gran Ligas, and he knew that the Yankees of New York were playing the Tigres of Detroit (Hemingway, 67-68)”. Here, to give him something to think about while out at sea, his thinks of baseball. These thoughts keep him young because baseball is played by young, athletic people and is usually followed and watched by young people.
At the end of his journey, however he is beaten down both mentally and physically. In Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea, the author uses turtles as a symbol for Santiago and his tragedy. At the beginning of the novel, Santiago talks about turtles as beautiful creatures which highlights his emotional health and positive connection to nature at the start of his journey. As Santiago rows his boat far out of the harbor he spots a green turtle, “He loved green turtles and their hawk-bills with their elegance and speed” (Hemingway 36). Santiago’s description of the turtles’ elegance and speed is symbolic of his optimism and strength.
In conclusion, the sea is symbolic of the entire world in “Old Man and The Sea”, and Santiago barely even touched the water and learned so much, while teaching others even more. Santiago’s story gives insight to universal truths about human interaction with the world, and exposes how respect, confidence, pride, and determination can drive anybody through any challenge. Finally, Santiago’s fight with the marlin proves to be a symbol of the true meaning, and positive attitudes of
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway takes place on the seas of Cuba and conveys the story of an old man who struggles with catching fish for 85 days. Santiago, an old fisherman, participates in literal battles throughout the span of the novella. Over the course of the story, Santiago goes up against a giant marlin that proves to be a feisty competitor, a group of vicious sharks vying for the marlin, and he is also challenged by the difficulty of transporting the mast of his skiff to his shack once he returns from his trip on the sea. With the usage of characterization and symbolism, Hemingway demonstrates Santiago’s tenacious persistence, in order to show that hard work doesn’t always result in a positive outcome. On his 85th day out to sea, Santiago encounters a marlin who resists his attempts at catching him leading to a two-day feud.
In Santiago, Hemingway has created a hero who epitomizes honesty, bravery, endurance, and belief. No amount of pain or physical abuse can extinguish Santiago 's honor and pride, which remains unconquerable. Even in his vile existence, the old man is proud, saying that he will have fish to eat at home, even though he knows he hasn
Santiago loved his wife dearly and she was the driving passion within his life, for what to be without her would remain a mystery. Despite the tragedy, Santiago carries on with his life, and keeps fishing in an attempt to sustain a living. Santiago while fishing met Manolin, a young eager boy who reminded him of his former self when he was in his youth.
Santiago used to go to fishing with the boy, Manolin. Although only the boy was his company, the boy went in another boat because of the parent’s orders. Santiago knows that the boy is with a lucky boat and should stay in the boat. Thus, Santiago went to fishing alone. In the journey, he repeats “I wish the boy was here” again and again.
However determination can also be one of the theme for the readers because the old man, Santiago didn’t gave up fishing even if he had cramp but he took this as an encouragement in his old age. His strength of mind is still strong like his youth. Therefore this essay will emphasize on the old man’s struggle against marlin, battle of willingness and his bravery which supports the theme determination. The old man Santiago struggles against marlin over day and night. Santiago travels far beyond from his home because he needs to reveal his strength and prove that he is still able to be the fisherman that he once was.