Santiago's Hardships

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“His sword was as long as a baseball bat and tapered like a rapier and he rose his full length out from the water and then re-entered it, smoothly, like a diver and the old saw the great scythe-blade of his tail go under and the line commenced to race out” (62-63). This is an excerpt from the book The Old Man and the Sea written by Ernest Hemingway. The story begins with an old man named Santiago. Santiago hasn 't caught a fish in 84 days and has grown old, weary, and lonely. Because he has not caught anything his young apprentice Manolin (which he had been with since the boy was five) has been ordered, by his parents to go on a more productive fishing boat, so the old man goes on his own odyssey in search of a catch to continue to be with the…show more content…
Another example of Santiago hardships is when Within an hour of catching the marlin, that had cut open his hands and that he struggled with for a day and a half, a mako shark attacks the marlin. Tearing away chunks of its flesh and mutilating Santiago 's prize, Santiago fights the mako, enduring through the battle and eventually killing it.After killing this ferocious shark another two come at the scent of new blood after killing another and making the other one retreat a whole pack of sharks come too look at the buffet after tearing something in his chest and beating every single one of them with only a makeshift club, keep in mind his hands have been badly cut the fatigue of this struggle is right around the corner, his chest is injured and this isn 't a strong young man this is the old man and his sea. After he injures all of them and the fish has been picked clean. After he endured through all of this. After everything, he goes home weary, broken, and beaten. With a sad smile on his face he goes to his shack and collapses to the ground in a heap. I think this proves a great deal that you must endure through life for better or for worse.
Even though the last paragraph seemed a bit rough this one will seem a bit more lighthearted. When Santiago awakes from his sleep he sees Manolin and says ““The ocean is very big and a skiff is small and hard to see” He noticed how pleasant it was to have someone to talk to instead of speaking only to himself and the sea “I missed you,” he
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