The Old Man And The Sea Essay examples

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In the story, “The Old Man and the Sea,” Ernest Hemingway presents the protagonist, Santiago, as an extraordinary, old fisherman with various qualities that make him an optimal at his craft: filled with pride, confidence and everlasting strength. The old man’s most notable attribute is his incessant pride; no amount of pain can quench Santiago’s pride and confidence. Multiple parallels exist between Santiago and the classic heroes of today’s society; in addition to extreme strength, bravery and intelligence, such heros posses a tragic flaw that eventually leads to their downfall. In this story, pride would be considered a tragic flaw, but through control and balance, the old man manages to use it as an advantage. Depending on an individual 's ability to suppress pride, it could either lead to their greatness, or to their overall demise.
Santiago is an old man who has been fishing all of his life, and believes his destiny is to fish. Santiago 's pride in his ability and skill as a fisherman is all he has. Although his age is never stated, the author describes him by saying, “The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles in the back of his neck… but none of these scars were fresh. They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert. Everything about him was old except his eyes… were cheerful and undefeated” (Hemingway, 1-2). The description that the author provides, gives an insight to his age. Throughout the story, Hemingway constantly refers to Santiago as “the old man”,…

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