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  • The Old Man and the Sea theme project
  • Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. New York: Scribner, 1952. Print.
  • Theme
  • Work as hard as you can even if in the end you do not get what you intended. As Ernest Hemingway stated "That was the last shark of the pack that came. There was nothing more for them to eat"(Page 118-119). The old man worked as hard as he could to catch this fish and he fought off all those sharks and he did not end up with the whole fish as he intended when he started.
  • The skiff in The Old Man and the Sea represents the battleground. Ernest Hemingway writes "He jammed the tiller, made the sheet fast and reached under the stern for the club. It was an oar handle from a broken oar sawed offto about two and a half feet in length" (Page 112-113). All of the old mans weapons were on the boat and where he would fight the sharks was on the boat so the boat represents the old mans battleground to defeat the sharks and get his fish that he worked so hard for.
  • The Marlin in The Old Man and the Sea represents strength. Ernest Hemingway wrote "He felt faint again now but he held on the great fish all the strain that he could. I moved him, he thought. Maybe this time I can get him over. Pull, hands, he thought. Hold up, legs. Last for me head. Last for me. You never went. This time I'll pull him over"(Page 91). The old man was determined to catch this fish he worked hard to catch him. The fish represented strength because it took the old man all his strength to catch him.
  • The shark in The Old Man and the Sea represents war. Ernest Hemingway states "It was an hour before the first shark hit him. The shark was not an accident"(Page 100). The old man had a bleeding fish tagging along with his boat so the sharks were attracted to the fish. The old man had to fight all these sharks so they wouldn't eat his fish witch is why the fish represents war.
  • At the beginning Santiago wasn't so sure he was going to catch any fish but had a little faith then by the middle his hope had risen a lot then by the end he felt like he had accomplished what he planned to accomplish and he felt like he was unlucky again. In the beginning he felt unlucky but he had a little faith that he might catch a fish but not so sure. Ernest Hemingway wrote “Only I have no luck anymore. But who knows? Maybe today.”(Page 32). He knows he has no luck with catching fish because he has not catched a fish in so long. In the middle he his faith had risen a lot because he had his fish on the line and was determined not to lose him. Ernest Hemingway wrote “‘He can't have gone’ he said. ‘Christ knows he can't have gone. He's making a turn. Maybe he has been hooked before and he remembers something of it.’ Then he felt the gentle touch on the line and he was happy.”(Page 42-43). Santiago knew that the fish was not gone he had all the faith in the world and he was not ready to give up. By the end Santiago felt that he had lost that he was a failure because his fish got attacked by sharks and there was very close to nothing left. Ernest Hemingway wrote “Now it is over, he thought. They will probably hit me again. But what can a man do against them in the dark without a weapon?”(Page 117). He has lost faith in fighting the sharks and lost faith in keeping the fish alive and bringing it home to everyone. Throughout the story he starts with a little faith but not much but by the middle he had complete faith he had the fish he knew he was going to get it and in the end he felt lost like he could not bring the fish to everyone.
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