The Old man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway: Summary

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Old Man and the Sea
The Old man and the Sea, written by Ernest Herningway, is the last major work by the American writer, and illustrates perseverance. It tells the story of an old fisherman, and a giant marlin in the deep Gulf Stream.

Santiago is an old fisherman that lives in a town near a dock. He has gone 84 days without catching a single fish. His apprentice, Manolin, is forbidden by his parents to fish with him because of this. Even though his parents forbid Manolin, Manolin is dedicated to Santiago and brings him fishing gear every day. On the 85th day, Santiago sails alone far onto the Gulf, hoping to end his streak.

At noon, a giant marlin takes the bait. The marlin is so big that it started pulling on Santiago’s boat, so Santiago has no choice but to go with it, hoping that it would grow tired soon. Two days and nights pass, and the poor fisherman bears the tension with his own body. On the third day, he is almost in delirium. With his last energy, he pulls the marlin near the boat and then kills the marlin by stabbing it with a harpoon. Santiago is very happy, because it will be worth a fortune.

Unfortunately, on his way home, the blood from the Marlin is leaving a trail, and slowly, sharks come. Santiago’s first enemy is a Mako Shark. He stabs it with the harpoon, but looses the harpoon in the process. Not wanting to be vulnerable to the other incoming sharks, he takes a knife and plants it onto an oar, and uses it as a weapon. He slays five sharks, and drives away more. Even though he kills and drives away many, more and more sharks come, and eat the marlin, leaving only its skeleton. Santiago finally reaches home, and then falls into a deep sleep. The next day, a group of fishermen gather at Santiago’s boat, and measures the skeleton. It measures 18 feet, and the tourists mistakenly think it is a shark. All the fishermen are amazed by Santiago’s catch, and praise him. Santiago realizes that he is finally redeemed. The fishermen finally...
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