An Analysis of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea

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What makes Ernest Hemingway memorable? Ernest Hemingway, a fellow member of the Lost Generation Americans in Paris, was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He started writing at age 17 when he became a writer in a newspaper office in Kansas City. Then after getting injured in World War I he became a reporter for Canadian and American newspaper. The job acquired him to relocate back to Europe to cover events, such as the Greek Revolution. Throughout his life he wrote many great novels, however like every writer he encountered "writers block" for quite some years. However, he came back in 1952 with his most outstanding short novel, The Old Man and the Sea. In this novella, Ernest Hemingway wrote about a well-rounded old man, named Santiago, who faces off with death, and lives to see the boy, Manolin, once again. Death takes Santiago on a long and lonely journey, wishing Manolin was with him at sea. Hemingway's short novel, The Old Man and the Sea, depicts a tremendous challenge that Santiago and Manolin must struggle against nature and one's self.

Not all men are respected by others, not all men are kind-hearted, and not all men are devoted. Most importantly not all men are all three of these characteristics. However, Santiago, also known as the Old man, is all three of these personality traits and much more. In, The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway describes Santiago as, "The Old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck. The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. The blotched ran well down the sides of his face and his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords... Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated" (Hemmingway 9-10). The reader now knows that that the Old man is persistent and a child-at-heart kind of character. For example, Santiago was going on it...
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