Summary Of ' The Old Man And The Sea ' Essay

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The Motivational Figure in Santiago
In the novella The Old Man and The Sea, written by Ernest Hemingway, Joe DiMaggio is referred to several times in the text as a motivational figure to the old man, Santiago. He was a center fielder for the New York Yankees from 1936 to 1951. Joe DiMaggio helped lead the New York Yankees to nine World Series titles. DiMaggio’s talent in baseball runs in the family considering two of his brothers, named Dom and Vince, both played in the Major Leagues. He was considered one of the best center fielder especially since he has a disability. DiMaggio had a bone spur, an outgrowth in a bone, in this ankle which motivated Santiago to muster up the strength to accomplish his greatest feat, catching the marlin by stating, "I must have confidence and I must be worthy of the great DiMaggio who does all things perfectly even with the pain of the bone spur in his heel"(85 Hemingway). Santiago and many others admired Joe DiMaggio as a role model and as a motivational factor to accomplish feats nearly impossible.
New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio was one of the most popular players to ever play the sport of baseball. He was recognized among many still to this day as one of the select elites in baseball history next to Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds and was voted the “Greatest Living Player” in 1969. One feat that Joe DiMaggio accomplished unlike any other baseball player was his tremendous fifty-six hitting streak in May 15, 1941, topping every record then and…

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