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Ernest Hemingway-The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Miller Hemingway wasborn July 21, 1899. He was a author and a journalist. He published his books from mid- 1920s to mid-1950s. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954. In early 1918, he signed to become a ambulance driver in Italy during WWI. On July 8th, he was severally wounded by mortar fire. Despite being injured, he assisted Italian soldiers to safety. He then recieved the Italian Silver Medal of Bravery, for his

Summary In this book, Ernest describes the adventure of an old Cuban fisherman. Santiago has been fishless for over 80 days. His clothes are rotting away, and he sleeps without covers. On his 87th day without fish, he goes far out into the ocean. He feels a tug on one of his lines. It was a big fish, but it was only nibbling at the bait. After many moments of stillness, a big tug pulled the boat. This was the beginning of a story of determination and hardship. Santiago had no idea how extravagant the fish was, but he knew that he was going to bring it in, no matter how long it took.After days of heading eastward, the fish showed no sign of fatigue. Santiago decided to scrounge some sleep, he lay his back on the mast with the loose string wrapped around his body. He suddednyl awoke when he felt a lack of tension around his body. He saw the angle of the line was changing drastically every second. He stood up, and prepared for what was about to happen. The fish erupted from the water, about 16 feet in length, purple lines streaked across its beautiful body. The fish was nothing like the old man has ever seen. He suddendly had huge respect for the fish, even treating as if it were his own human brother. The fish dived back down into the depths of the water, leaving a mark in the old man mind. The next day, he saw that the boat was no longer angled towards the eat, and knew the time was near. In no time, the fish slowly rose to the tope of the water. It started circling. The old man pulled the rope until it was on the edge of breaking, then gave loose rope. Gaining ground against the fish. Soon, the marlin was in spearing distance. From up close, the fish was even larger than he expected. The fish turned to its side, but quickly regained its compusre. When its great chest fin, that was as high as the old man itself made its way toward the boat. Santiago dropped the line, and grabbed his harpoon. He raised it as high as he could and drove it down beside the fin. With death inside him, the fish made his dying fight, but soon the sea of blood was too large for life to continue. The old man tied the marlin to the side of his small battered skiff. Santiago was set sail for Havana, thanking the Lord that there was a breeze. However, in the depths of the sea, a shark cought a scent of the fresh kill. He would lose it a times, but would find it again, its thirst for fresh meat indescribable. When the old man saw the dorsal fin emerge from the waves, he knew it was too good to last. He readied himself and patiently waited. When the shark opened its jaws the old man struck the shark with all his might. The shark flopped around the waves, but soon it turned to his stomach and sank. The shark took a good 40 pounds of the marlin, as well as his harpoon. Furthermore, the scent of blood was stronger now, and he knew there were more to come. He tied a knife to the end of one of the oars. Before long, two sharks were visible in the distance. The first shark took a bite of the fish, but Santiago wouldn't let him have if for free. He hammered his knife into the sharks skull, as the shark sank and swallowed what it ate. The skiff was shaking as the second shark was attacking the fish relentlessly. When the shark went for another bite, he punched it straight between the eyes. It came to attack as Santiago swiftly dodged, and striked it once again. Then he took the blade and stabbed his left eye. When the shark had no signs of death, he retrieved the blade and drove it inbetween the vertabrae and the brain. The shark sank with the knife. Soon, there wasn't much left of the fish. The sharks were relentless. With no means of defence, the old man couldn't do much. When he arrived at the fishing port, all that was left was a massive skeleton. He carried his mast up the hill, to his little shaft. He fell on his bed as he fell asleep.The End

My Opinion I've always read book to pass time, and to read it as a story. However, reading a classic such as this book, made it necessary for me to dig deeper. This book had very descriptive sentences, so that i could completly visualize what was happening in this book. When I finished the book, a part of me died. I couldn't help but feel immensly sorry for the old man. Despite being a fictional book, the ending really hit me.Characters Other than Santiago and the fish, the only character that got prolonged attention was Manolin. He is a little boy who Santiago raised as if his own child. Throughout his adventure, he always says "I wish the boy were here." Either representing that he wants the boy and an extra hand or the power of youth.

The Ernest Hemingway Classic, "The Old Man and the Sea" is one of his greatest works.However, the words are only the tip of the iceberg. If you plunge deeper, there are many different meanings. Although how you interpret it is up to you. Here I am going to talk about the most common interpretations: a story about his books and the critics, a biblical meaning, and his personal struggle with aging. Probably the most common interpretation is Ernest Hemingway and his fight with his critics. Ernest portrays the critics as sharks who eat away at his fortune until nothing is left. "They were hateful sharks, bad smelling, scavengers as well as killers..." (107-108). Before Ernest published this book, he was struggling with the pressure to continue producing masterpieces. He was one of the only authors to be popular in his own generation. The critics however gave no sympathy. They continued to "eat away," until nothing remained. Another way to look at the book is through a biblical lens. The old man is not a religious person, however he still says his prayers when he is in a pinch and requires aid. In the end of the novella, Santiago is carrying his mast up the hill, his hands are cut from handling the loose rope during the climax. This can be seen as a biblical reference; Jesus carrying his cross up the hill, to his crucifixion site. Jesus's hands are scarred from the nails that are pinning him to the cross. Last but not least, this novella can be read as Ernest Hemingway and his personal struggle with aging. In this lens, Santiago, the old man, would be Ernest Hemingway himself. He constantly wishes that Manolin was by his side during his adventure. He refers to him as "boy" instead of his name. Symbolizing that he doesn't want Manolin by his side, but youth. These points can also be seen as the main idea of the story. Each portraying a possiblity why Hemingway wrote the book. In the end, any story is read in your perspective. Its meaning is what you want it to be.


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