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Old Man and the Sea Essay

  • Submitted by: lookout112
  • on February 25, 2013
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 848 words

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In Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway presents the fisherman Santiago as an ideal man. I will be describing the interesting traits of Santiago along with his similarities and differences as they relate to me.

    The three interesting facts that stand out about Santiago were his eyes, his strength, and his independence. His whole body seemed age and worn out except for his eye which were vibrant.   They were as deep and blue as the ocean.   Even after many times at looking at the sun his eyes were still as strong as they ever.   Santiago was very strong. One of the main reason he was so strong was because he was a fisherman.   Everyday he would go out in the morning to fish.   Sometimes he would have to haul massive fish to the docs, not to mention having to row his boat everywhere. This didn’t only strengthen his body physically, but it also strengthened his mind.   Fishing usually takes a lot of patience and you need to train your mind to have patience. He is truly independent because Santiago didn’t rely on anyone.   In the book, Santiago says “I try not to borrow.   First you borrow then you beg”.   Therefore, he did his best not to borrow in the first place.   He never asked younger fisherman to come fishing with him nor did he tag along to   go fishing with others.   He lived without depending on anyone.  

    I see that Santiago has many similarities to me; he is persevering, faithful and caring. Santiago shows perseverance when he catches the marlin. He stayed with the fish for about two days without giving up and showing patience.   Like Santiago, I have to hold on as I go through the pressures of being a teen.   I must be patient and focus to hold on to the good things.   I will be able to get to the next phase of my life with perseverance .   Life is starting to move faster and I’m still trying to catch up.   I will persevere through the changes.   Santiago is also a faithful man. Even though he hadn’t caught a single fish for eighty-four days, he still had...

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