It was a huge accomplishment for the old man to achieve catching this wonderful creature. The fish as majestic and tough as it was inevitably was caught by the successful old man. In catching this fish and not just going out to see it, the old man also proved something other than just determination. He proved that he had luck to catch the fish despite having the worst of luck for such a long time, unable to catch a fish for more than eighty days. The old man set a big goal and he went out and achieved it.
“ And so, God knows, am I”. (Hemingway, 73) This quote is an example for me of the effort that the old man was doing to catch the fish. According to Cooperman, in The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway transform man’s decaying age into an old man more strong, wise, and pure. In his article Hemingway and Old Age: Santiago as Priest of Time he maintains that Hemingway fails to view old age in any other terms but through the values of pride, sacrifice, and endurance rather than a softening of qualities found in youth. I agree with Stanley Cooperman.
Even though Hotspur gets a lot of glory from being a strong military leader [a trait that is valued very highly during his time], his attitude towards life is unbalanced because he identifies himself solely with his reputation of determination and honor. He uses his own pride against himself during battle, when it becomes obvious they are going to lose, and he decides to proceed to fight: Forty let it be. My father
This arbitrative man draws many parallels to the traits and life of Wiglaf. It could be said that The Seafarer is an epilogue or continuation to Beowulf. The story of Beowulf is the “high-point” of warriors; it is the model of the Anglo-Saxon morals and traditions. The Seafarer takes place after that is gone, and the only surviving hero is Wiglaf. Wiglaf’s morals would cause him to search for men with these same beliefs, even when knowing it is no longer there.
Faulkner uses a quantity of words of encouragement to drive writers to write with compassion and from the heart. In the beginning of his speech, he says, “Ladies and gentlemen, I feel that this award was not made to me as a man, but to my work – a life’s work in the agony and sweat of the human spirit, not for glory and least of all for profit, but to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before.” Faulkner is saying the award was not given to him, but to his work, work that was worth the award, a work so hard that may take a lifetime to complete. Faulkner uses the words of struggle in this quote he says the “work of the human spirit that causes agony and sweat.” He is saying to be able to achieve this reward you must work extremely hard. That the reward, to receive the Nobel Prize, is not easy to receive, not so far from grasp, but requires dedication. If
Honor to Beowulf Honor and bravery are qualities that most would consider noble traits of any man and over time, though the concept of honor may have changed, Beowulf’s personality still presents clear characteristics of this honor after the countless battles and extraordinary leadership he exemplifies. Regardless of the era or age Beowulf is still seen as a virtuous man in his efforts when viewed today. When the poet of Beowulf expressed his efforts in trying to defend his country, he not only gave him qualities of an honorable person but an honorable leader and warrior as well. Beowulf, being the very generous man that he was, heard of Grendle’s terror that had swept over Denmark and quickly went to the aid of the king and offered him any help that he needed. “Beowulf, Hilgiac’s follower and the strongest of all the Geats… heard how Grendle filled their nights with horror and quickly commanded a boat fitted out proclaiming he’d go to that famous king”(Beowulf 109-114) Hrothgar was enlightened that Beowulf wanted to assist him because for so long the people of Denmark were terrified of Grendle but no one was brave nor strong enough to stop him.
By doing so, the speakers show that fate and destiny remains stronger than free will. In “The Seafarer,” the speaker claims, “Fate is stronger / And God mightier than any man’s mind” (“The Seafarer” 115-116). This alone gives the reader an insight on the Anglo-Saxon view of fate. The Seafarer urges those men fortunate enough to be on warm land to act brave and courageous so that their soul can be saved after death. The rough seas have shown the Seafarer God’s working, and he realizes that his struggle and pain on his voyage will be returned with great fortune after death.
Heroic Old Man To be a hero means different things to different people. To some, a hero is a merciless, powerful warrior, to others a kindhearted pacifist. However, it cannot be denied that everybody yearns to be a “hero”. In the eyes of Ernest Hemingway, a hero was silent, and powerful. They were undeniably loyal to a person or group of people.
A commentary on the use of a particular image, idea or symbol in one text or in a writer’s work Criteria: 10 minutes presentation + 5 minutes discussion Total word Count: 1000-1250 words The Importance of dreams in The Old Man and the Sea In "The Old man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway illustrates the wisdom and life experiences of an old fisherman who seeks for his unanswered goals in the sea and its creatures. My presentation looks at the use and importance of dreams in the novella. The novella would be little more than an adventure story if it were not for Santiago's dialogues with himself - his repetitive thoughts and daydreams. They allow us to the see the character of the old man, particularly his courage and strength, while giving us insight into his past. Santiago often dreamed of lions on the beach.
This act is very heroic and smart. Unlike the classic hero who mostly seeks glory, James Braddock seeks the greater good to his humility. After retrieving the electricity to his home and his children, James Braddock offered a one-fight deal to his relief. With the fight the financial position of his family would improve, but as much as his wife likes the idea, she dislikes the fact that he must fight for it. James still takes the fight.