Essay on The Old Man And The Sea And A Farewell

1292 Words Mar 18th, 2016 6 Pages
The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms are novels full of tragedy-stricken individuals. Yet through all this uproarious calamity the main characters strive for happiness. Although neither character gets the ending that they desire, it is through this search for fulfillment that both Santiago’s and Frederic Henry’s lives are given meaning. This is most notably accomplished through the pursuit and struggle for love. Life is filled with both ups and downs,moments filled with happiness and those filled with sadness. Hemingway takes this concept and, through his writing, shows the reader that life may not develop in the way we wish, despite putting up the struggle for love. Throughout Ernest Hemingway’s life, he endured a lot of suffering and sadness which he clearly expresses in his writings. Like many writers, Hemingway based the books that he wrote off of his own personal experiences. In both stories, The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway shows us characters that experience a great deal of misery and hardship in order to gain happiness. The Old Man and the Sea is a novel that exemplifies how one’s passions can shine through the drudgeries of life. Although the old man is isolated from civilization when he is both in town and out at sea, his love for Manolin, a boy who helps him, as well as his love and respect for the big fish he catches, are what drive him through his pain and hardships. In the novel, the boy and old man share a strong…

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