Hemingway's Old Man In The Sea This Essay Conveys A Little About The Author And The Main Points Of The Book

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A Book Analysis of Hemingway's Old Man in the SeaThe Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway is a story of determination, friendship and also man's struggles with nature. Hemingway leads the reader though an interesting story of an old man and his will defeat nature. He also shares a story of friendship between young and old.Ernest Miller Hemingway was born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He was the second oldest of six children and grew up in a typical American family. "His mother encouraged Hemingway's marked impulse toward creativity, and his father provided an early grounding in nature lore and woodsmanship."("Hemingway"1). Hemingway's work shows both his mother and fathers ...view middle of the document...

Also he shows his strong will when he finally catches the Marlin. He continues struggling with the fish and proves that he will not give up. "Fish, I love and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends" (Hemingway 54). This shows that Santiago has set his mind to do something and is determined to follow though.Another key point in this story is the friendship between Santiago and Manolin. Even though there is a great age difference between them, their friendship is still strong. Manolin's parents are disagreeable with the fact that he wants to stick with and fish with the old man, but Manolin works out a way to stay with him. There is such an alliance between the two that even way out on the Gulf Stream Santiago thinks of him. "I wish I had the boy" (Hemingway 45), Santiago states when he is fighting with the fish. The two have an enduring friendship.As the old man battles with the fish and the sea, the reader is reminded of man's constant battle with nature. The fight that the fish puts up is great and is a true battle between him and the old man. Santiago thinks "If I were him I would put in everything now and go until something broke. But, thank God, they are not as intelligent as we who kill them;...

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