Hemingway was a prominent American author and is best known for his intricate stories. He uniquely manages to highlight the trials that Nick faced in ‘Indian Camp’ and the struggle and adversity that Santiago faced in ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. He also displays the different types of stoicism of within the two stories. The themes that I am going to explore in 'Indian Camp' are: suffering and Innocence. The themes that I am going to discuss in 'The Old Man and the Sea' are: suffering and the friendship between Santiago and Manolin.
Ernest Hemingway’s classic American novel, A Farewell to Arms is the story of the first-hand account of Frederic Henry, a man who served in World War I and fell in love with a nurse named Catherine. Hemingway utilized several techniques to manifest the theme of war and love with the ultimate result of death. The author fostered the characters through an emotional journey of highs and lows as death constantly hovered over them. Hemingway had to capture the concept of death correctly and impose the overall theme, which is why the ending was rewritten forty-seven times. Hemingway’s distinctive writing style centered around the dark perspectives of the 20th century, which sparked much controversy and criticism.
Instead of bragging to the other fishermen about his great catch that he once had, Santiago simply stays humble and returns to his home like it was a normal day. Towards the end of the novel, Hemingway makes a somewhat perfect ending by describing Santiago’s position as he collapses on his bed, “Face down with his arms out straight and the palms of his hands up.” (Hemingway) Using imagery, it is obvious that he conveys the image of Christ, restless and exhausted, while he is hung up on the cross. This specific ending displays the exhaustion Santiago must have felt. The biblical influence of the novel shows that the old man and Jesus suffered in many of the same ways, and they both are individuals who exemplify excellence by turning loss into gain, defeat into victory and even death into new
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.
In Hemingway’s work, The Old Man and The Sea, there are only a couple that you do not catch at first. The big one that you see right away is when Santiago is laying in bed just like Christ on the cross. “Finally collapsing on his bed, depleted and vulnerable after his long and arduous journey, Santiago lay face down on the newspapers with his arms out straight and the palms of his hands up.” (pg 122). A very Christ-like image, to be sure. Though his writing style is not to my taste, the religious symbolism that Ernest Hemingway embroidered within the weave of his classic The Old Man and the Sea is brilliant as a chalice and thus worthy of
In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway creates a vivid picture of allusions towards the reader by fabricating situations that symbolize important topics in Santiago 's life. One example of symbolism starts in the near beginning of the story, the mast of the boat. “He started to climb again and at the top he fell and
When I was younger I was very close with my grandmother and loved her very much. Our relationship was complicated, my grandmother had Breast Cancer and her schedule was very unpredictable with chemo and radiation treatments and after those we did not know how she would feel. Likewise, in Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and The Sea, Santiago loves the sea, but he also recognizes its unpredictability for he does not know when the sea will change. Hemingway portrays a relationship between a love for a man and woman to reveal the difficulties of a relationship and its tie to being unpredictable. Hemingway reveals a story symbolizing the love of a man and woman.
The universal theme that goes with The Old Man and the Sea is Mans struggle with nature and life. The old man was trying to fight a battle that might have killed him since his pride kept him from accepting defeat, and going back home empty-handed, because of his old age he felt like if he could not catch the marlin than he might have died because he thought that would make him a failure. Not to himself but to Manolin (the boy that he would fish with and would speak to about baseball.) The way that most people can relate to this is that, people do not want to let someone down that look up to them or see them as a role model. In the novel The Old Man and the Sea the way that nature is used is that it does not fight against the old man but it instead is used in the way that it shows man relationship with nature, by showing that even while he was out in the sea far from land he was still given nutrients to eat, like dolphin and shrimp.
Although the Sun Also Rises was Hemingway 's first novel but it granted him much of his reputation and considered to be best-known .The novel examined the way of life in Paris during the 1920s for Americans who left home to Europe after the World War I seeking for greater freedom whom they were defined as expatriates. James T.Farrell asserts that "the novel struck deeper chords in the youth of twenties ,which Gertrude Stein called lost generation." (Farrell,1945,P.29) Hemingway was able to reflect the chaotic post war and was able to create characters ,situation, happenings and mood that were as real as life and concerning this Farrell comments "The mood and attitude of the main characters is that of people on vacation .They set out to do what people want to do on a vacation. They have love-affairs ,they drink ,go fishing and see new spectacles" (Farrell,1945,P.5) Jake Barnes was impotent as a result of a wound he got during the World War I