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  • Eric Nason Theme, Claim and Author's Purpose of TOMATS November 13, 2017
  • The theme of The Old Man and The Sea is to take courage even if someone thinks that they are going to lose and are very unlucky.
  • Theme
  • This shows that the Santiago was not willing to back down so easily, and fought on no matter what his odds were. Even when the negro was getting refreshments, Santiago held strong.
  • “Then the negro, after the rum, would try for a tremendous [69] effort and once he had the old man, who was not an old man then but was Santiago El Campeon, nearly three inches off balance. But the old man had raised his hand up to dead even again.” (The Old Man and The Sea, Pg 19, Digital)
  • Evidence
  • “He was asleep in a short time and he dreamed of Africa when he was a boy and the long golden beaches and the white beaches, so white they hurt your eyes, and the high capes and the great brown mountains.” (The Old Man and The Sea, Pg. 6, Digital). This is an example of imagery or sensory that would not be used in anything meant to inform or persuade.
  • Ernest Hemingway wrote The Old Man and The Sea to entertain.
  • Purpose
  • The ocean represents the purpose, to entertain, because of the way that Hemingway personifies it. Santiago says that he looks at the ocean like a woman because she has great mood swings, and to be entertaining, a good story has to have a lot of feelings. (Which The Old Man and The Sea does)
  • "Just before it was dark, as they passed a great island of Sargasso weed that heaved and swung in the light sea as though the ocean were making love with something under a yellow blanket, his small line was taken by a dolphin." (The Old Man and The Sea, Pg 20, Digital).
  • Techniques and Symbolism
  • The intended audience was young adults or teenagers. The "bait" would only work on someone old enough to understand the story, which is often teenager and above.
  • The fish represents the audience not because the audience is literally fish, but figuratively, because the audience, the fish, takes the book, the bait, and get to enjoy it well for the first lot of pages and then get hooked and can't put the book down until they get through it all, like how the fish can not put the bait down until the fisherman is done.
  • Intended Audience
  • “Eat it a little more,” he said. “Eat it well.” (The Old Man and The Sea, Pg. 11, Digital)
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