He has had to use much strength and has had to use much endurance to use that strength. He endured to the end and would not accept defeat. Even though the sharks took much of the marlin and have physically exhausted him, he would not give up and would not let defeat overtake him. “But man is not made for defeat…A man can be destroyed but not defeated”(Hemingway 103). He knew that the sharks had taken most of the marlin and physically weakened him.
Though the “Old Man and the Sea”, portrays Santiago’s struggle, his experience from his journey betters him for the future. Ernest Hemingway’s novel is about an old man, who embarks on a journey to catch a fish. While on his journey, he struggles to keep himself together. He has to stay awake for long hours, on barely any food. Lacking energy, but not determination, Santiago pulls through and catches the great marlin.
Then, for Santiago, It seems that his dignity is being a fisherman. He has a pride as a fisherman but he is not proud of fishing a large amount of fishes and he is not proud of earning a large amount of money by fishing. His dignity is raising fishes using his wisdom and his experience. The sea is the harsh environment but he must survive as a fisherman. He stakes his life on fighting with sea.
However, he was unlucky and has not caught a single fish for eighty-four days, and everyone thought he will fail and did not have faith in him. Even the parents of the boy Manolin wanted him to stay away from Santiago. Despite these judgments, Santiago does not give up and he still clings on to his dream of catching a big fish, so he went out further in the sea. He works hard for his goals, and finally caught a huge marlin. Santiago struggles physically and mentally with the huge marlin and his unlucky fate.
The Old Man and the Sea takes the story of the one that got away to a new level with a giant fish the size of two large sharks. From the beginning it is obvious the old man was destined to encounter the giant fish, “’I hope no fish will come along so great that he will prove us wrong.’ ‘There is no such fish if you are still strong as you say.’” (pg. 9) This is a very stereotypical story on the surface of the one that got away but there is a deeper meaning imbedded inside. Often the old man’s sanity is brought to the surface and revealed through his conversations with himself or his actions. In The Old Man and the Sea, the underlining meaning proves to be a battle for the old man’s sanity with the fish’s presence being there only to strengthen the battle.
Richard Parker is a carnivore, and Pi knows that soon Richard Parker is going to get hungry. So Pi goes against all his beliefs and fishes for food. Although Pi struggles with killing the first fish, he still manages to feed himself and Richard Parker. Pi would not have been able to survive on just the food storage in the boat; fishing for Richard Parker kept him alive. Throughout the middle part of the novel, Pi attempts to train Richard Parker in order to share the perceived luxary of the boat.
I would not hesitate to join the other rescue boat for many reasons. First off I am a very selfish person. I like to abide by the ideas of ‘survival of the fittest’ and ‘every man for himself’. In my everyday life I try to be as self sufficient as possible and rarely ask for help or give it. I have been told often that I am selfish but I do not see anything wrong with it.
To start off, the theme of pride and ambition against fate and chance is shown throughout the novel, especially when Santiago continues to go fishing without making a catch. Although, some may see this as an act of perseverance due to Santiago’s diligence, this action is best interpreted through the theme of pride and ambition. First of all, Santiago is considered to be one of the worst forms of unlucky. As the novel states, “he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. .
According to Mark Doty, the speaker is “no longer imprisoned by the external narrative of chronology....But sometimes these experiences are more lasting and more profound” (6). This moment in the speaker’s life may seem so insignificant to some, but sometimes the smallest things in life create the biggest impacts. The fish seems to be caught by fishers frequently but manages to escape each time, this time was different. The fish was caught and didn’t fight get away, the fisher had the decision to keep the fish or let him go. The meaning behind the fisher letting the fish go extends beyond the literal meaning.
As the plot thickens, a clear bond between man and nature is developed, but it is short lived. Santiago communicates with the birds, fish, stars, and all aspects of nature while considering them his “brother[s],” but when a shark appears, the relationship is broken. During the time of the crucifixion, Jesus prophesies a betraying force within his closest group of friends or essentially “brothers.” Knowing who will be the cause of his downfall does not deter him as he continues to travel the road of death. In conjunction with Santiago, this symbolizes the old man’s forecasting of sharks when he sadly admits, “It is over. They will probably hit me again,” and they do.
“The Old Man and the Sea” is a short story, with defeat as one of its many themes, written in 1951 by American author Ernest Hemingway. Defeat is shown throughout the short novel in ways including when Santiago, the old man, has not caught a fish for 84 days then when he finally hooks a fish, it is a marlin that is too heavy to bring aboard. Then as the man tries to bring the marlin ashore by pulling it along the side of his boat, sharks eat the marlin. This along with other events shows me that Santiago was ultimately defeated. Santiago is a man that lives in a small village who fishes for food, not recreationally.
These came in the form of the stories that Lightfang would tell. Typically, anything that passed through Lightfang’s maw meant trouble, but these were different. These stories weren’t about a drunken sailor fighting off crabs for ale, but rather of heroic humans protecting the weak and earning the praise of his peers, which was unheard of Jag’s hectic life. Slowly these stories shaped Jag, and when the time finally came that the Captain passed away, Jag knew what he wanted to do with his life. He would become a
Obviously these aren’t ideal recovery conditions for a man who’s had back surgery a few months prior. Jack served in the pacific, and as he served he began to realize how pointless the war seemed. He said that the pacific theater was “just God damned hot stinking corners of small islands in a group of in a group of islands in a part of the ocean we all hope never to see again” (100). One night, Jack became a hero. Since the PT boats that didn’t fire torpedoes also didn’t have radar, it was difficult for them to find each other.
They need free range and not small enclosures. 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.
He was shooting me over and over again with the dozen of bullets. God: “The pain that you feel are your mistake.” Me: “Not enough… not enough pain.” After those pain that I receive and it was not enough for me, I just decide to go fishing in the nowhere places. God: “Is time to go.” Me: “I’m not ready yet.” God: “So tell me your story.” Me: “I am not a good father for my son, Alex. I always told him that choose a good career,