The Old Man And The Sea By Ernest Hemingway Essay

1307 Words Sep 16th, 2016 6 Pages
Symbolism is used to create meaning and emotion as well as to represent a person or an object in a story. Much symbolism that is defined as such is used prominently in the novel The Old Man and the Sea written by Ernest Hemingway. The novel emphasizes strong symbolism featured in the relationships between Santiago and the marlin, as well as those between Santiago and Manolin and Santiago and the sharks. Santiago, the old man, is an unlucky fisherman who has not caught a fish for eighty-four days. Although he does obtain an eighteen-foot long marlin on the eighty-fifth day at sea, he struggles to defeat it for three days and three nights. Santiago still ends up arriving back home with only the bones of the fish and memories of the other struggles that he endured during his time at sea. Throughout his journey, he had someone who was waiting for him back home: a boy named Manolin. Similarly to Santiago’s journey and the novel, I too had experienced a life-changing struggle which was obtaining a passing grade with my attitude toward mathematics. In freshman year, I let my emotions blind my willingness to put forth effort in mathematics class. In Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Santiago’s struggle with obtaining the marlin, dealing with the loneliness over Manolin, and the defeat of the sharks are reflected in my struggle to get a satisfying grade in mathematics caused by my ignorant attitude, my closest companion, and my vigorous teacher.
In the novel, the marlin…

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