The Old Man And The Sea Essay

993 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Earnest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, is a story about and old seasoned fisherman named Santiago. It is a tale of his epic struggle with the greatest catch of his life after not catching anything for eighty-four days. He face psychological challenges and encounters multiple villains. Santiago has been fishing with a young boy named Manolin and the boy leaves the old man to go on another boat. Hemingway explains to us why they boy had to leave the boat. “But after forty days without a fish, the boy’s parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky, and the boy had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fish the first week”(Hemingway 10). Santiago knows the boy has to leave. Mentally, he is prepared to continue the voyage on his own because he might possibly catch a fish. He returns after forty-five additional days without a single fish..
Santiago feels unlucky, but he is determined to return to the sea. He is not going to give up. He wants to prove to everyone in his village, including himself, that he will not return empty-handed. Hemingway gives the reader a sense of excitement because this time the old man plans to go out fishing, further than he had ever been. Psychologically, the old man knows that he has to prove to himself and to the other fishermen in the village that he has to do this. He does not want to be defeated by nature.
Santiago feels discouraged by…

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