Essay on The Old Man And The Sea By Ernest Hemingway

1331 Words Nov 14th, 2015 6 Pages
One time when I was seven years old, me and my family went to a zoo. I was looking at a snake that’s in a glass box. Then I look around and I couldn’t find my mom or my dad. I kept walking around and looking for them. I did that for about fifteen minutes. I started feeling trepidation and I didn’t know what to do so I sat on a bench in the food court. This resembles Santiago’s situation because he didn’t have anyone with him and he was all by himself fishing in the middle of the sea. Santiago, being just by himself, has to spend his time with his surroundings which makes him contemplate and bond with the nature around him. In the book The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Santiago’s relationship with nature becomes a main role in the way he makes decisions in the story. In this book, Santiago establishes his relationship with nature in three major points: being less significant than birds and beasts, being empathetic towards fish and, being very familiar with the sea.

Santiago specifies that other beings should receive more prestige than man, which shows how he has a great connection with the animals and birds in the novel. Santiago follows a man-of-war bird to help him catch the fish. Santiago indicates that a bird circling over a certain area means it’s trying to catch the fish it sees from above. After he sails across to that specific region, Santiago discovers a big dolphin. The book portrays this incident: “The bird went higher in the air and circled again, his…

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