Essay about Old Man And The Sea By Ernest Hemingway

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“Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway is about a fisherman, Santiago, who tries to catch a marlin. Santiago is a poor old man who loves to fish, and also loves a little boy. Santiago treats this boy like a grandson, always doing things with him. For example, Santiago teaches the boy how to fish, and also takes the boy fishing with him. Santiago is a very strong, and positive man, who cares for others besides himself. One day he has to use these personality traits because the one time he goes out fishing he couldn’t take the boy with. Santiago trying to catch a marlin, knows that its not going to be easy to fish by himself. Towards the end of the story, Santiago realizes that he went to far out to sea in his little skiff. During his long adjourn out to sea, off the coast of Cuba, he faces challenges and success, such as preparedness, compassion, and perseverance that allow him to be “defeated but not destroyed.” One of the challenges Santiago is faced with is preparedness. Santiago is always prepared for luck and the fortune that can come from it. He says, “Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready”(30). For example he is prepared to catch a fish, “he [has] rigged his harpoon long before and its coil of light rope [is] in a round basket”(91). While the fish was fighting with Santiago, Santiago made sure he had enough to eat. So he would catch tuna and eat it raw. He made sure that he got all the…

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