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.
He never complained and whined about his bad luck streak, nor the marlin that challenges his strength, or the shark that ends up eating his catch. Instead, he does his very best, without complaining. He honors and respects the marlin for its dignity and tries to protect it against the sharks that would devour it. For a short moment in the novel, Santiago accepts defeat, saying, "I never knew how easy it is when you 're beaten." But, indeed, Santiago is not beaten.
These strong, human qualities are articulated by the unfailing determination of the old man to catch the Marlin even though he had failed to catch a fish every day for the past three months, as well as be abandoned (although not intentionally) by his only supporter and friend, the young boy, Manolin. His failure to catch any fish, as well as being subject to the disappointment and pity of those around him were enough to act as demotivators for Santiago. Striking against the odds, and rising from the ashes, Santiago set out to sea determined to catch the Marlin, showcasing his cut throat resolve. In the days stranded out at sea, fighting the Marlin and then later the Mako Sharks, Santiago’s behavior attributed to the humanoid attitude of
He feels proud to say to the boy that once he was great sailor who went to the Africa. He believes that he was born to fish. He is prideful in his abilities and skills of fisherman he has. Moreover, when the boy tells the old man that the best fisherman is him, although Santiago keep says “No. I know others better.
He has had streaks of lamentable fortuity in the past, and he is hopeful that the next day will bring him better fortuity. In fact, he makes up his mind to go far out to sea and endeavor his fortuity, optimistic that he may catch an authentically immensely colossal fish. His constant companion has been Manolin, a puerile boy that he has tutored in the ways of fishing and the sea since he was a
After the shipwreck Pi’s focus was on survival. Pi’s desire to stay alive was so strong that it triumphs morality although Pi was deeply principled and religious person. Pi tells two version of his story to the Japanese men, in which he shows that how his instincts helped him to survive in the sea and to stay alive. In the second version of Pi’s story the theme of survival is highlighted even more vividly because Pi is depended on his instincts even more than he tells in the first version of the story. Pi parallels his instincts of survival in the second version to Richard Parker in the first version; it is he, when he must survive, who steals food, he who kills the Frenchman.
He still brought me out fishing after that but he only gave me the cheap kids’ poles and I don’t blame him for that, I still find it funny to this day. Ed is a very strong man who raised me and taught me how to treat others and made me into the man I am today. Ed taught me skills I still use every day in my life. He was the first person to really help me open up and treated me like his own son. He showed me that getting mad over little things is not worth it and family should come first.
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.
Louie Zamperini did not only hold serenity in the toughest moments in his life, but he also tried to save the sanity in his fellow soldiers. Him, along with Phil and Mac, spent many long hours stranded on the raft. Louie encouraged the men by discussing their memories, and retelling stories of practical jokes, and sharing recipes. These discussions eased their suffering, and “as they imagined themselves back in the world again, they willed a happy ending onto their ordeal and made it their expectation” (Hillenbrand 153). In like manner, the narrator in If by Rudyard Kipling stresses that in particular, a man must remain strong even if he must stand alone.