The Old Man and the Sea

Topics: The Old Man and the Sea, Fishing, Ernest Hemingway Pages: 2 (836 words) Published: January 6, 2013
The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea written by Ernest Hemingway, has a relatable title because it's exactly what it says, it's about an old man who has made his living on the sea his entire life. He is very close with the sea and has love as well as respect for it. Santiago refers to the sea as "la mar" as if it were feminine. He respects the sea and is very passionate for "her". Sometimes he calls her names out of anger but is remorseful later. The story takes place in a small fishing village around Havana, Cuba in the 1940's but no specific time is stated within the text. The setting places a crucial role because the majority of the story takes place while Santiago has gone out to sea. The sea is unpredictable so it ultimately is the deciding factor on whether Santiago will break his 84 day streak without a fish. Ernest Hemingway loved baseball and portrays Joe DiMaggio as a hero. Hemingway incorporates current events of baseball in the time in which they were released as well. Hemingway, as a boy, grew up fishing and hunting so it definitely effects his view on the sea. The Old Man and the Sea is a work of fiction that could be considered a tragedy. The genre dramatically effects the themes and outcomes of the story because the old man (Santiago) is struggling at the beginning of the story with not catching a fish for 84 days. Santiago finally hooks a fish, exhausting himself, and struggles to win this battle with a large marlin. He is so determined that he will do whatever it takes to catch this fish. He even endures multiple cuts from a fishing line, as well as going without food for about three days. He finally catches the fish but it's too large to fit in the boat and he must tow it home. Sharks attack his marlin because it leaves a trail of blood and he must fight them off one by one but grows weak. I. The end he comes back without this glorious marlin and only a skeleton remained. This is very melancholy because the reader...
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