The Old Man and the Sea Review

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The old man and the sea By Ernest Hemmingway The old man, Santiago, has gone 84 days without catching a fish. The opening lines declare his unluckiness. But on the 85th day he knows his luck will change. He heads out to sea in the hopes of catching the most magnificent fish. “He always thought of the sea as la mar which is what people in Spanish call her when they love her. Sometimes those who love her say bad things of her but they are always said as though she were a woman. Some of the younger fishermen, those who used buoys as floats for their lines and had motor-boats; bought when the shark livers had brought much money, spoke of her as el mar which is masculine. They spoke of her as a contestant or a place or even as an enemy. But the old man always thought of her as feminine and as something that gave or withheld great favours, and if she did wild or wicked things it was because she could not help them. The moon affects her as it does a woman, he thought.” This book deals with perseverance in the face of adversity. The old man’s battle is not a battle of strength, but a battle of wills. He withstands hunger and isolation. But it is through suffering that he comes to understand his great battle with the fish. The reader is forced to compare the torment of physical pain to the anguish of psychological pain. The questions of strength and skill prevail. Which the old man relies on more is debatable. Is strength and will the same thing? His physical strength might not have been as important as his skill as a fisherman, which relied on patience, as well as mental and emotional determination. The end of the book leaves the reader questioning the true meaning of both luck and

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