Controspection In Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man And The Sea

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When the old man found himself in the fight of his life, he also found himself alone. Facing his challenges detached from any companion, Santiago and his introspection are a vital part of Ernest Hemingway’s Novel, The Old Man and The Sea. One of the greatest writers since William Shakespeare, Hemingway is undoubtedly a valuable part of English literature. Despite being awarded a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize, Hemingway still faced many critics and experienced many hardships. This story is about an old man who hooks a great fish which in turn takes him on a solo journey of self-discovery. In his greatest novel, Hemingway did nothing short of pouring his personal feelings, devotion, and eventual conquest into every detailed page. The protagonist, …show more content…
The line was taunt and the great Marlin was pulling the old man out to open sea. Hemingway knew the potential in the novel, he also knew it was prepared with everything he had. Nearly five hours into the fight, Santiago says, “I wish I could see him only once to know what I have against me” (Hemingway 46). Hemingway, seen by many as the unlikely winner in a contest of struggle, held fast to the line of his novel. “The old man and the sea would be known to many as the defining work of Hemingway’s career” (Ernest). Through his experience, Santiago knows he has a valuable fish even though he hasn’t placed his eyes on it. Likewise, of all the novels, plays, and short stories Hemingway has created, he knows he has designed something …show more content…
Much as Santiago swore to never let go and thus is towed out to sea, Hemingway held on to the prospects of his most successful novel, regardless of the outcome. “Fish” he said softly aloud “I 'll stay with you until I am dead” (Hemingway 52). In spite of facing physical ailments and fighting alone, Santiago shows no sign of giving up. In the same manner Santiago was alone with no help and no land in sight, Hemingway was facing a self-imposed psychological quest. “Hemingway’s solitary men reveal their complex mental states more freely when unencumbered by the complexity of human interaction” (Cirino 38). Just as Santiago was the only one in the boat, Hemingway was the sole author of The Old Man and the

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