Importance Of Friendship In Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man And The Sea

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Prior to the Civil Rights Movement, starting in 1954, many friendships among the youth of the United States were prohibited by parents. There was such a racial prejudice present towards members of the African American race, that parents of white children would not allow their kids to befriend children of the African American community and vice versa. Although in the present time it is clear to society how terrible this feud was, it was reality in the early to mid 1900s. Some of these children however, realized themselves that they should not pick friends based on the color of their skin, but rather for the person that they were. Many children across the United States maintained their friendships, even if their parents did not allow it. The …show more content…
Even with restrictions however, friendship can rule over every obstacle. The morals of friendship can even extend into the world of literature, where characters can go against any prior restriction to help a friend. Through the supporting actions and respectful manner of Manolin, a young fisherman, Ernest Hemingway’s, The Old Man and the Sea, shows how necessary it is for one to value his own individual responsibility and ability to rebel, in order to provide and care for a friend. Manolin’s respect and love towards Santiago, his mentor, explains for his constant care in bringing him food and drink, helping get bait, providing moral support, as well as finally deciding to fish with …show more content…
No matter the circumstances, true friends always support each other, and provide or each other’s needs. The effort Manolin puts in to help Santiago truly shows how genuine a person he is. Although young, he is extremely righteous for he gives his whole self for his friend. His rebellious sense is finally shown for he decides to fish with Santiago again and bring his own luck, instead of just helping him prepare for fishing. Ernest Hemingway’s, The Old Man and the Sea, truly shows the meaning of friendship. It explains the passion one friend has for another, how Manolin captivates a perfect example of a best friend. Being his only true friend, Manolin is everything Santiago could ever want in a friend. Even though their friendship is not advised by his parents, the rebellion and individual responsibility of Manolin is truly shown through his devotion and love to his mentor

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