The Old Man and the Sea By Ernest HemingwayProject by Amber Kelly10/29/19Theme - Sometimes you can do everything right and still fail.
Conflict Man vs NatureSantiago wants to capture the marlin and sell his meat, but the sea is working against him.
Climax He loses the marlin to the sharks.
Beginning"Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated” (Hemingway 10). His eyes show that despite the amount of time he has gone without catching a fish, he still believes that he will catch a worthy fish this time around. This connects back to my theme as Santiago is starting out with hope, instead of saying he will not catch anything. If you start out not believing in something, you will do a worse job.
Middle“But I have had worse things than that, he thought. My hand is only cut a little and the cramp is gone from the other. My legs are all right. ” (Hemingway 74). Despite the pain he is in, he is still insisting that he can continue on. This connects back to my theme as Santiago is handling the situation in a way that helps him catch the marlin. He does not take a large amount of breaks, and leaves no room to feel bad.
End “‘They beat me, Manolin,’ he said. ‘They truly beat me’” (Hemingway 124). Instead of holding out hope for another day where he can catch a fish, like he did in the beginning, he instead states that he’s beaten. He has no hope left, and he tells Manolin this. This connects to my theme as Santiago did everything he could, but he still lost the marlin to the sea. He could not see how big the marlin was, as the sea hid the size from him, and so his boat was too small to keep him.