Essay on The Old Man And The Sea

944 Words Oct 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
In the short story The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway presents Santiago, the fisherman, as an ideal man who is independent in all of his actions, and always eager to follow his calling and what he believes in. Santiago is a man that is willing to take chances in life, and no matter how his bad his body is beaten, his spirit remains’ strong and undefeated through all the trails that he faces. Santiago is the main character in this short story and Hemingway is presenting a man that personifies courage, endurance and most of all faith. Santiago was an old man who was thin, had deep wrinkles in the back of his neck, and brown blotches of skin on his cheeks, and scars on his hands from handling heavy fish on the cords that he held. ¨Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated¨ (Page 1). Santiago would set out to sea and return empty-handed, and because of this, the parents of his young apprentice and friend, Manolin, forced the boy to leave the old man in order to fish in a more prosperous boat. Nevertheless though, the boy continued to care for Santiago each night after returning from fishing. Manolin helps the old man carry his gear to his shack, brings him food to eat, and talks with him about the latest developments in American baseball, especially about the trails of the old man´s hero, Joe DiMaggio. Santiago although is confident that his unproductive streak will soon come to an end,…

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