Essay about The Old Man And The Sea

1406 Words Dec 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
“No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude, and humility. All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters, purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more tender and charitable, more worthy . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire and which will make us more like our Father and Mother in heaven” (Orson F. Whitney).In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway presents the fisherman Santiago as the ideal man, independent in his action, eager to follow his calling, and willing to take chances in life. He was a man who lives, following the ideals of honor, courage and endurance in a world, often stressful, and always painful.Traits of a typical Hemingway Code Hero are a love of good times, stimulating surroundings, and strict moral rules, including honesty.The Code Hero always exhibits some form of physical wound that serves as his tragic flaw and the weakness of his character.The old man 's most notable attribute, however, appears to be his unquenchable spirit: no matter how his body was beaten, his spirit remains undefeated, undefeatable, through all trials.Santiago 's endurance was stressed throughout the entire novel. Just the fact that he gets back to the shore without any meat left on his catch shows that…

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