My interpretation of the quote, “But man is not made for defeat…. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” from the book Old Man And The Sea; means that you can kill someone, but you can't kill what he or she stands for. Their personal ideals and firm beliefs are some things that can never be taken away even after the physical death of that person. Another way to prove this is from another quote that Hemingway has expressed that states, "If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it." This quote is important because it shows how true of a hero Santiago really is.
Santiago is not a coward whatsoever. He will stand for what his morals are. The catching of the Marlin and having to see his prize possession being eaten away by the sharks is an example of how his greatest achievement was too good to be true. He was destroyed in that physically but mentally he is still strong.
The other works of literature we have read this semester proves the theme of this quote. In the Odyssey, Odysseus is faced with numerous challenges and obstacles and even though he is able to fight through it, he still wishes for an easier time. His returning home is not easy as he is trying to be defeated but his courage and strength supports him at the base of it all.
In the play Our Town, as simple as it is, it shows this theme as well. Each character faces a life situation, which can change them permanently. Whether it’s maturing, finding out more information that they hadn’t heard before, or even with their relation ships with others. Broken hearts can be a defeat as well. Even though humans have the power to defeat, they will never be able to destroy as long as that person doesn’t destroy himself or herself.