Chris Ivie American Literature Dr. Breeden 10/2/96
Many of Ernest Hemingway's books have had different meaning and all
could be interpreted in different way, but there has never been so much written
about his other stories. Well the Old Man and the Sea had more written about it
than any of his other novels and there have never been so many different types
of interpretations about his other novels. The Old Man and the Sea is a book in
which can be interpreted in many different ways. Here you will read what many
critics have composed about the story of a great writer, Ernest Hemingway.
Many of the critics have the same outlook on the works of Hemingway.
Hemingway's work The Old man and the Sea can be looked at in many different
perspectives. All the critics believed that his styling of writing was very
In 1944 Ernest Hemingway went to Havana, Cuba and it was there he wrote
a letter to Maxwell Perkins which states he has a idea on a new novel called
The Old Man and the Sea ( Nelson and Jones 139). Hemingway first got his idea
for The Old Man and the Sea from the stories that he had heard in the small
fish cities in Cuba by a man named Carlos Gutierrez. He had known of this man
for about twenty years and the stories of the fighting marlins. It was then
that he imagined that man under the two circumstances and came up with the idea.
After about twenty years of pondering on the story , he decided that he would
start on the novel of The Old Man and the Sea. The story The Old Man and the
Sea is about a old man named Santiago who has to over come the great forces of
nature. Things seem to always go wrong for him because originally he started
out going to fish for some dinner, then he caught the biggest marlin ever and
it pulled him out in the bay of Cuba even more then he was. After he was pulled
out, he hurt his hands and couldn't risk going to sleep because of the risk of
sharks. When the sharks finally attacked he lost the marlin... [continues]
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