Santiago’s Quest in Life
Perseverance is what makes people successful in life. Whether if it is doing well in a particular subject in school or helping one’s soccer team win the tournament, it all requires hard work and determination. Goals in life are not just handed to someone, but it is earned through one’s ability to strive and achieve that goal. Giving up is not an option because it does make one’s life more manageable. There is no turning back and avoiding the situation because things could go much worse. Everyone has their own obstacles in life and the only way to conquer them is to deal with them face-to-face, no excuses. In the novel, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, an old fisherman named Santiago witnesses a life filled of courage in the face of defeat. In a small village near Havana, Cuba, and in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, is where the triumphant man deals with the biggest opponent in his lifetime. As a relentless fisherman willing to take chances, Santiago relied on his indomitable spirit to face inevitable battles with himself and the outside world. At first, the old man may seem to be the worst fisherman out there with his record of eighty-four days of not catching a single fish, but as his journey in life began to unravel, his pride in his occupation kept him going. The statistics were horrific yet that did not stop this old man from doing what he loved best, fishing. Santiago revealed, “Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for” (Hemingway 50). Nothing could stop Santiago from doing what he did best. Fishing was his life and that can never be taken away from him. The description of Santiago noted, “Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated” (Hemingway 10). One can look into the eyes of Santiago and instantly see the hard-working and persistent character of this fisherman. Hovey reveals that:...
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