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Old Man and the Sea
By: Francis Mirante
Theme: Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean give up.
The marlin is like a cookie in a cookie jar Santiago never let go of the line even through struggles. “For an hour the old man had been seeing black spots before his eyes and the sweat salted his eyes and salted the cut over his eye and on his forehead” (Page: 87) Even though Santiago wants the marlin more than anything and will do anything to get it. He still can not get him right away.
The sea is like a tradition even though you use the same old and hard tradition and methodas, you keep using it and you don’t give up on it. “Now we fish together again” (Page: 125). Even though Santiago catches nothing for 80+ days and then catches a massive fish and looses it. He will still fish on with the same method.
The sharks in the Old Man and the Sea symbolizes obstacles in life. There are many sharks and they keep going for the marlin. They are the reason why Santiago has to use all of his leftover strength to fight them and to not give up. “Now they have beaten me, he thought. I am too old to club sharks to death. But I will try it as long as I have the oars and the short club and the tiller” (Page: 112). He keeps going till he dies or they die. He keeps clubbing them until they die and he never gave up
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