Old Man and The Sea


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  • Old Man and The Sea Veronica Messina
  • Hemingway, Ernest. Ernest Hemingway, the Old Man and the Sea: Teacher's Book. Genoa: Cideb Editrice, 1993. Web. 5 May 2016.
  • Santiago throughout the story shows outstanding perseverance in conquering the obstacles that life hands him. Old Man and the Sea reads "He felt the line carefully with his right hand and noticed his hand was bleeding... and pulled back on the line to see if he could turn the fish." (15) Despite the fact that Santiago was injured and bleeding he still continued with his work like nothing had occurred.
  • Determination throughout all life's trials.
  • The warbler represents the stubbornness of youth. The novels notes " A small bird came toward the skiff ...The old man could see that he was very tired... The bird had flown up when the line jerked." (14-15) The delicate foul had flown miles from it's home and kept flying towards any safety it could find although it was close to dropping from exhaustion.
  • The shovel-nosed sharks represent ruthlessness to get what they want or need regardless of the hunger they face. The novel Old Man and The Sea observes "[T]hey would hit a man in the water, if they were hungry, even if the man had no smell of fish blood nor of fish slime on him." (30) These sharks will eat anything to get past the curveball that life has thrown at them.
  • The fishing line on the skiff, which cut into Santiago's hands trying to persuade Santiago to give up the fight for the marlin, represents evil. The novel Old Man and The Sea reads "The speed of the line was cutting his hands badly but he had always known this would happen and he tried to keep the cutting across the calloused parts and not let the line slip into the palm nor cut the fingers." (23) He was determined to keep the marlin although the line was injuring his hand rather badly, he did not let go.
  • In the beginning of Old Man and The Sea, Santiago was hopeful, than he was determined, at the end of the story Santiago was conflicted. Santiago was very hopeful to find a big fish to catch. Santiago comments “But perhaps I will pick up a stray and perhaps my big fish is around them. My big fish must be somewhere.” (9) Santiago hopes to find other small fish to catch and that he will see his dream fish among them and catch it also.The old man was determined to kill the marlin due to his fears of the marlin killing him. Santiago states to the fish “I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.” (14) Santiago admires the fish but needs to end the marlin’s life sooner rather than later. Santiago is conflicted over killing the marlin. Santiago observes to himself “You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?” (29) The old man questions his motives in killing the marlin and wonders if it was a terrible sin to murder him but can not decide. As the story of Old Man and The Sea concludes, the old man matured from a hopeful man, to a stubborn one, but in the end Santiago grew confused.
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