A Pride Filled Journey (Old Man and the Sea) Essay

657 Words Oct 27th, 2012 3 Pages
A Pride Filled Journey

During a hardship, facing reality is very difficult. Yet this is only half the battle. Struggling to fight the force, one’s will eventually overpowers them. Santiago, an old fisherman who has not caught anything for eighty-four days, struggles to fight his pride. A tragic hero is a respectable character who is destined to downfall. Santiago is compared to a tragic hero; his hardships force him to face reality in its cruelest sense. Following Santiago and his hubris throughout the novella, Hemingway depicts hubris to lead to Santiago’s eventual downfall. Through the glowing streets of Havana, the city of gold, a wistful wind blows on a humble shack. It is small but a lugubrious atmosphere hangs over like the
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But even after giving up on himself, the old man is somewhat hopeful. He relies on the town and trusts the town, which made him who he was, to accept him now. Santiago makes the statement “I live in a good town” (Hemingway 115). He says this out loud not only to the boy but also to himself as well because he wants to believe and he is now hopeful that the town will accept him for who he is after only bringing home only the skeleton. He is hopeful in the sense that people will sympathize with him and not be judgmental that the fish as a whole was not brought to town. Santiago’s new respect throughout the community shows that even though his pride brought him down his self-respect brought him back up. Santiago’s hubris leads to his downfall as a tragic hero. First, Santiago has proven to be a man that is not defeated, someone who can take charge and do what is meant to be

done. Second, his hubris carries him out to sea where he finally knows what he was born to do. Lastly, Santiago’s new respect in the community shows that his pride may have brought him down but his self-respect brought him back up. The Old Man and the Sea, is the culminating expression of any concern in reflection to Hemingway’s mature view of tragic irony of the man’s fate. Hemingway concludes that Santiago is a tragic hero. Facing reality is hard but this man achieves it. When the forces of nature strike its final attacks, this man was

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