Courage In The Old Man And The Sea

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In The Old Man and the Sea, we meet a very persistent, spirited and old man by the name of Santiago. Poor and proud, Santiago strives daily to live his life of a fisherman to set examples of notable morals and values. After eighty-four days of unsuccessful fishing, the weak man embarks on a five-day journey by sea after hooking an immense marlin. He never gives in to adversity or refuses a good opponent. The old man’s entire existence has been writhe with struggle. In Santiago, the central character of The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway has created a hero who personifies honor, courage, endurance and faith.
Throughout this novella there are incidents in which Santiago reveals his sense of Honor. Since the old man is a real man, or at
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Santiago is an elderly fisherman, owns a small boat and fishes without a companion, yet he still traveled out farther than any of the other boats. He let the fish take him so far into the gulf that he did not see any sight of land, yet only said one statement about this, “ Even if he were as young as the other fishermen with a bigger boat and with a crew, he would still be on the only boat out there since no one goes out that far. That shows a lot of courage on his part and he only talked sparingly about the boy not being with him, sometimes saying things like, “I wish I had the boy” (45). Also, how he continues his work knowing it would not end up well for him. He knows his physical ability is not at its peak and that he is also mentally weakening as well, both because of age, and he also knows it will be difficult and treacherous with him being alone. For the lions, as a young man, Santiago used to be alone with lions and was never afraid, telling the boy, “When I was your age I was before the mast on a square rigged ship that ran to Africa and I have seen lions on the beaches in the evening” (22). This statement proves he can withstand being alone, which to most people is frightening, especially at a young age. Lions also represent courage and often times Santiago is compared to lions in the novella since he never gives in to fear. Some of Santiago’s courage came from his faith in God, which was shown repeatedly when he bartered with him promising prayers in exchange for the

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