In the prolonged struggle between the fish and the old man his conscience questioned his justifications for battling such a great creature. Always in the back of his mind was the young boy who he valued for friendship and companionship. These ideals helped Santiago remember his discipline for fishing and his integrity for his own manhood. The pain and suffering the old man must endure to overcome the sea’s adversity help to justify Santiago’s rebirth of manhood. His legendary journey provides mental and physical altercations Santiago must survive in order to prove to himself that he is still a man capable of catching fish.
Without his pride as a fisherman and in his work, the old man would have given up easily. But as the story unfolds, it is his very pride that the old man feels of his work and life that makes him face the challenges and perils at sea to satisfy his own self worth as a great fisherman and to come out triumphant in the end.
Duncan changes Gus throughout the book, making Gus realize that there are more important things to life than fishing, and these things can lead to a happy fulfilled life, which in turn will help Gus enjoy life and fishing more. Duncan introduces a character, Eddy, who significantly changes Gus’s views on what he needs in his life and she gives Gus a sense of motivation or inspiration. Eddy changes Gus by their first encounter with each other, when Eddy instills in Gus a need to fulfill his life and when they meet up again, completing his need. Fishing is Gus’s first passion but he loses it after he puts all of himself into it, and when Eddy comes into his picture Gus feels a need to have more in his life, like love. Through finding love he re-finds his passion for fishing and learns more about himself.
““Keep my head clear” he said against the wood of the bow. “I am a tired old man. But I have killed this fish which is my brother and now must do the slave work.” The lesson it teaches is that hard work pays off, that “pay off” is in other words a success. Hard work and determination is to be rewarded with success. Success is not always apparent, but can sometimes take time to be seen, and this applies to climax of the old ma... ... middle of paper ... ...nd a setback making it seem like a failure, but when analyzed it becomes clear that it was a success.
Santiago knew that this fishing trip would be the last spark of luck he would have for the rest of his life. Although he doesn’t get the whole marlin to shore, he did bring luck with him because he survived. The marlin is also a sign of the author’s quest to write one good book. Like the fisherman wants to catch a great fish before he dies, Hemingway wants to write a good story.
Ernest Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea to show how you can push through the hardest of times and still not be defeated. The story shows how an old fisherman overcame an unlucky slump with the support from a young boy that loved and helped Santiago named Manolin. Santiago fought through the discrimination of the other old fisherman and refused to give up. Through Santiago’s struggles when trying to catch the great marlin, he kept pursuing his goal. Through sweat and tears Santiago never gives up before accomplishing his goal.
Santiago respected, cared, and thought of the fish as equals. The relationship with the fish is shown through many examples and explanations in the following paragraphs. Santiago truly cared about the huge Marlin fish he caught and this was a part of his relationship with fish. He would talk to his fish and treat them with his utmost care. This is shown as the Santiago states, “I wish it was a dream and that I had never hooked him.
I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars.”’ (75). A little past the middle of the novel, Santiago is fighting so hard to catch the marlin. He is losing strength, he is in pain from cutting his hand, and he is tired but that has not stopped him from fighting to catch that marlin. Santiago is even worried that he may die before the fish does, ‘“I could not fail myself and die on a fish like this,” he said. “Now that I have him coming so beautiful, God help me endure.
Santiago's fight with nature symbolizes the troubles of existence. Does this mean that the outer existence is nothing but a perilous world? Relationship, External nature and Dignity are the major themes in The Old Man and the SeaA very important relationship in the novella The Old Man and the Sea is that between Manolin and Santiago. Manolin supports Santiago and helped him to confront his greatest challenge. Manolin proves this when he says, "I would like go fishing with you.
Santiago's pride keeps him going at all times throughout the novel. When it seemed like he was not going to catch the fish he never gave up. He wanted to bring back the biggest fish to prove to everyone he was still a great fisherman. Santiago's hands were cramping and bleeding, but he never once felt pity for himself as he told his left hand, “ what kind of