The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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The Old Man and the Sea is novella written by Ernest Hemingway in 1952. It tells the epic journey and struggles of the old fisherman, Santiago, and his younger fishing partner, Manolin. The story goes into detail the day to day life struggles that a fisherman off the coast of Africa endures. The majority of the story focuses on one particular trip out sea. In life, one will go through a number of stages in life. Infancy, Youth , Adulthood, and Old Age are all key stages. As one grows, they mature through these various stages. When one reaches old age, there is often a lot of doubt surrounding their lives. Serenity, and independence are often the two most questioned. These are some questions that Santiago has to ask himself as well.

In the novel The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway develops the concept of

man coming to the realization that as he ages, his dependency on others will increase. The use of

metaphor is key in showing how this is indeed true. The Tiburon is also used as a metaphor for

Santiago's life. The boy in the story parallels what Santiago's life once was.

The struggle with the Tiburon represents the struggle that Santiago is having with himself.

The constant struggle makes Santiago realize that he is no longer as young as he thinks he is and

he must rely on the help of others. This is shown when Santiago is battling the Tiburon. news for you fish', he said and shifted the line over the sacks

that covered his shoulders. He was comfortable, but suffering,

although he did not admit to the suffering at all. ‘ I am not

religious...but I will say Ten Hail Marys that I should catch this

fish'... ‘Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with thee. Blessed art

thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour

of death, Amen.' Then he added. ‘ Blessed Virgin, pray for the

death of this fish, wonderful as he is.' "

[ Hemingway 64-65]
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