The Old Man and the Sea Essay

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“Thank you. You make me happy. I hope no fish will come along so great that he will prove us wrong (Hemingway 23),” slurred Santiago as he exchanged words with his trusty companion Manolin in the beginning of Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea. As these words left his mouth, Santiago did not realize the treacherous road on which he was about to stumble upon. However, as Santiago was totted away from his homeland by a hefty marlin, he was able to adapt to the changes that the voyage threw at him. Dehydration, burn wounds, and fatigue accompanied Santiago and took a toll on the old man’s aging body. As his skiff proceeded to carve through the white ocean foam for two days, the marlin finally emerged in a cluster of circles. …show more content…
For two days the marlin drags the skiff across the vast ocean, which earns the respect of the old man with the fishing line drawn over his back. The fish’s consistence effort leads Santiago honoring the marlin. The two figures can be drawn together through the journey in which the travel, and with these travels Santiago feelings for the fish become stronger. “Fish, I love you and respect you very much (Hemmingway 54),” This sentence alone was the connecting point between the fish and the old man. From this point on in the novel, Santiago periodically refers to the marlin as brother. It is morally right for one to honor his brother, which applies to relationship between Santiago and the marlin. However, the marlin may not be able to realize what a brother is; Santiago has a sense of honor for the marlin. Santiago also honors the environment to which the marlin derives. In the beginning, there is a conversation between Santiago and himself about the sea. “Sometimes those who love her say bad things of her but they are always said as though she were a women (Hemmingway 29),” in this instance Santiago is renaming the sea as a women. If one were to rename a nonliving object, then that person must have honor for that specific object. The ocean is also the workplace of fishermen including Santiago. The fisherman must respect her (ocean) in order to be treated well. This respect is also known as honor. Throughout the novel Santiago

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