The Old Man And The Sea Essay

1018 Words Feb 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Earnest Hemingways novella, The Old Man and the Sea, is a captivating story about and old seasoned fisherman named Santiago. It is a tale of his epic struggle with the greatest catch of his live after not catching anything for eighty-four days. He faces psychological challenges and encounters not one, but multiple villains. Santiago had been fishing with a young boy named Manolin. Hemingway tells of the sadness the boy feels when he has to leave the boat. “But after forty days without a fish the boys 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 knew the boy had to leave. He was mentally prepared to continue the voyage on his own and possibly catch a fish. He returned after forty-five additional days with nothing.
Hemingway describes to us how devoted the boy was to Santiago. “It made the boy sad to see the old man come in each day with his skiff empty and he always went down to help him carry either the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon and the sail that was furled around the mast”(10)
Even though he was unlucky he was determined to return to the sea. He was not going to give up. He wanted to prove to everyone in his village, including himself that he would go out fishing again and not return empty-handed. Hemingway gives the reader a sense of excitement because this time the old…

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