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Commentary on The Old Man And The Sea Essay


In the novel entitled The Old Man and the Sea written by Ernest Hemingway, you meet and old, unlucky, Cuban fisherman by the name of Santiago. After weeks of returning back to shore with no fish, Santiago is stuck out in the middle of the ocean with an 18 foot Marlin. However, in the end Santiago is once again defeated. In this story Santiagos relationship with nature is challenged and his true love for the ocean is exposed.

On page 75, Santiago says I have never seen or heard of such a fish, but I must kill him. I am glad we do not have to try to kill the stars. In this quote Santiago shows pity for the fish because he will lose his life, but Santiago also shows determination to kill the fish because he knows that the death of the fish will help Santiago stay alive. This is important because it shows that Santiago knows what it must take to be successful as a fisherman so he does not have to try to do something harder, like killing a star.

When Ernest Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea, its was at a different place in time of our society, almost fifty years ago, but even though this book was written at a different place in time, the behaviors in the story are still very common in our world today. For example. Santiagos life style (a poor man, with a poor paying career) is happening frequently in this decade, and that shows a lot about our worlds economy and the unfairness of different salaries that will always stay the same, no matter how much our world is progressing.

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