Character Analysis Old Man And The Sea

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The Old Man And The Sea The Old Man and the Sea written by Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway represents the fisherman Santiago as the quintessential man,independent in his action, ambitious in following his passion, and willing to take chances in life.The old man’s most notable attribute, however, appears to be his audacious spirit. Even when his body is badly beaten his spirit remains unbeaten throughout the struggles and tribulations he is forced to endure. ithin the character Santiago Ernest Hemingway has created a hero who personifies honor, courage, patience , and confidence. This story is similar to the real world in many ways. Most notably, there are people throughout our lives who strive to be honorable and courageous; people who always …show more content…
Even in his wretched and feeble existence, the old man is proud, saying that he will have fish to eat at home even though he knows that is almost impossible. Santiago prefers hunger to shame. He would risk his own life for the sake of honor and pride and does so by choosing to go "too far out" in search of the greatest catch of his life. Ignoring the suffering he endured during his battle with the marlin, when Santiago finally catches the marlin, it only serves to aid his pride and dependence upon himself. Santiago attitude toward the marlin shows the true extent of his confidence and dignity, he takes pride in the fortitude and sufferance of his opponent. During Santiago 's conflict with the marlin, Santiago states, "You are killing me... But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother.Come on and kill me. I do not care who kills who"(Hemingway 92) . To die via the marlin would not have been dishonorable for him. Santiago loves the fish even as it is ravaged by sharks. Just as the skeleton of the marlin perseveres, so does Santiago’s inner spirit and conviction, remaining unconquered throughout the …show more content…
A man can be destroyed but not defeated"(Hemingway 103). If DiMaggio can endure his physical ailments, if the marlin can bear to drag Santiago’s boat, then a he can at least endure the discomfort of the fishing line and having hand cramps. To Santiago, his hands, unwillingness to open shows that they have a consciousness of their own and are traitors to him. Even when his hardships at sea are over, the old man, by himself, must carry the mast of his ship to his hut.This is a symbol of his difficulties and what he had to go through. Santiago may be old, but he still has the stamina of a champion and remains

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