Santiago had great pride, conversely he never presented it in a repulsive way. Santiago showed his ego in an altruistic, humble manner. Though he did not display his pride often, it was still present within him. When speaking about his reasoning for fighting the fish at the expense of his health and well-being, the old man said “you killed him for pride.” Through his actions, one would not believe Santiago had much self-esteem, but he continues to possess and build on his confidence. His determination, strength, intelligence, and humbleness allowed him to hold tremendous pride.
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.
Santiago never gives up on his fish, just like Christ never gives up on his followers. Santiago keeps a great attitude, relating to the theme of hopefulness. Next, Santiago knows that he may not be the strongest and most popular fisherman, but that does not keep him from persevering. He reasures himself when saying, "I may not be as strong as I think," the old man said. "But I know many tricks and I have resolution" (23).
He is self-confident enough to consider how other people think of him. He does not accept customs of the society. They might consider him a failure because he failed in catching fishes for 84 days and yet he never lose the ambition and despair has never entered his heart. He does not like socializing with other groups so he goes out for fishing alone. Although he is very old with skinny body, he believes of his ability of catching a big fish someday.
Santiago’s description of the turtles’ elegance and speed is symbolic of his optimism and strength. Santiago is strong and ready to keep fishing until he catches something even though he 's gone 84 days without catching anything. At the beginning of this journey, Santiago is sable; he has no physical ailments. He also has nothing but optimism and will to keep trying in his mind. Furthermore, at the beginning of his journey, Santiago considers nature to be a friend of his.
On the island Huck was free to do as he pleased. His only problem was feeling lonesome. Huck says, "but by and by it got sort of lonesome, and so I went and set on the bank and listened to the current swashing along…there aint no better way to put in time when you are lonesome; you can't stay so, you soon get over it" (Twain 33). Huck was free on the island, it was his lack of satisfaction that created his discontent feeling. When Huck was with the Grangerford’s he was once again free to do as he pleased.
In The Odyssey, the epic poem by Homer, Odysseus’ crew is steadfastly loyal to him and follow nearly his every direction, even though they are given many reasons not to be. Although Odysseus occasionally does something for the short-term benefit of his crew, he does not deserve their loyalty because he does not sincerely care about them, trust them, or listen to them. Even when Odysseus is in the middle of nowhere in a boat with his comrades and crew members for twenty years, he still manages to not care about them and think of his own life as more valuable than any of theirs. An example of this is when Odysseus sends his men into danger instead of being a leader and going first: “All I spied was a plume of smoke, drifting off the land. / So I sent some crew ahead to learn who lived there -- / men like us perhaps, who live on bread?” (10.
Richard Parker symbolizes pi because they have similar personalities such as the desire for survival. Pi almost dies on the sea because of lack of the food. He has nothing to eat even the fish. The hunger make him lose his mind. For the survival, he can only eat Richard Parker’s waste: “I returned the ball to the cup and added a little water.
He continued, saying, “I’m proud of you for taking the time to make this, but you’re just not bound to be a college level swimmer.” At that moment, he turned around and walked away, getting ready to start the practice. I was in disbelief. To this day, I will never forget the feeling of hopelessness gnawing from my insides. Two hours later, the butterflies and nausea ceased to disappear. I knew that coming from a family who never swam before was difficult, but swimming made me a fulfilled person nevertheless.
He made a fishing rod because there was a pond right next to the cell he fished for him and his cell mates. All they had was fire for warmth and a soldier sitting on a chair right next to the cell. The place had no food even the patrol or guard wanted some food my grandpa still gave food, and to his cell mates, until he was finally freed. All of this history he was a strong man who went through many troubles, and loving and guiding father that was very main things of him that inspired me in almost everything. He was inspiring from his efforts in daily life or strong, he puts effort in everyday things and always smiles.