Achieving a Goal in In The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

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When one is extremely dedicated, he might be more likely to achieve his goals. Santiago remains devoted to catching fish, which helps him to reach his aspirations. In The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, Santiago shows dedication to overcoming his struggle with fish through the pain he suffers, the long journey taken, and the time without fish.
Being dedicated to achieving one’s dreams, despite excessive amounts of pain suffered, can help to ensure success. Santiago experiences extreme amounts of pain, yet he still remains devoted to catching fish: “He leaned back against the line and now it burned his back and his left hand, and his left hand was…cutting badly” (Hemingway 82). Santiago puts up with excessive amounts of pain; he does not let his fatigue become an impediment to his battle with the fish. His hands are cutting badly while the fish pulls him relentlessly. Santiago’s pain means that he is acting in a devoted manner to catching the fish and is willing to experience pain in order to reach his goal. His tranquil manner in dealing with the fish and the pain it induces in him proves that Santiago’s ambition to catching the fish will help him to achieve his ultimate goal—reel in the fish. Santiago’s willingness to put up with pain shows his dedication to his job as a fisherman, and its positive effect on his goal of catching the fish. Furthermore, Santiago’s dedication to catching the fish is demonstrated when he says that “‘pain does not matter to a man.’ He took hold of the line carefully so that it did not fit into one of the fresh line cuts and shifted his weight” (Hemingway 84). Santiago says that pain does not affect him, and that he will focus on reeling in the fish. He shifts the line to avoid an...

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One may be more likely to reach his goals if he is greatly devoted to these goals. Santiago is persistently dedicated to being a fisherman, and he learns that this helps him catch fish. In Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Santiago demonstrates ambition toward overcoming obstacles when he suffers through pain, takes a long journey, and has time without fish. If everyone in the world would remain dedicated to their aspirations of their own volition, then people would benefit because of the potential they possess to annul the obstacles restricting them. Transferring a major portion of one’s attention from diversions to directing himself along a path to obliterating his obstacles may help that person to achieve his goals. With a world full of ambitious people, much more definitive action would be taken and imparted.

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