An analysis of the old man and the sea by ernest hemingway
Critics have pointed to Hemingway's earlier essay — which mentions a presumably real fisherman who travels far out to sea in a small boat, catches a great fish, and then loses it to sharks — as the seed from which the novella springs.
Santiago tells Manolin that tomorrow he will go out far in the Gulf to fish. The boy visits Santiago's shack each night, hauling his fishing gear, preparing food, talking about American baseball and his favorite player, Joe DiMaggio.
The words are plain, and the structure, two tightly-worded independent clauses conjoined by a simple conjunction, is ordinary, traits which characterize Hemingway's literary style.
It swims steadily northwest until at last it tires and swims east with the current.
All this changes suddenly, though, when Hemingway says masterfully, "Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated" Manolin tells him that a fisherman called Pedriko would take care of the boat and gear.
Dead beside the skiff, the marlin is the largest Santiago has ever seen.
The old man and the sea themes
The talk in course of fishing is used only when it is necessary, so even when he went for catch with Manolin, they were talking just a little. The work of fiction in which Hemingway devoted the most attention to natural objects, The Old Man and the Sea, is pieced out with an extraordinary quantity of fakery, extraordinary because one would expect to find no inexactness, no romanticizing of natural objects in a writer who loathed W. His story becomes everyone's story and, as such, becomes genuinely uplifting. However, the novella also clearly fits into the category of allegory — a story with a surface meaning and one or more under-the-surface meanings; a narrative form so ancient and natural to the human mind as to be universal; a form found in pagan mythology, in both Testaments of the Bible, and in Classical to Post-Modern literature. That way, if Santiago catches a big fish, Manolin and his new employer can help Santiago manage it. Hire Writer Next day Santiago wakes the boy and they stroll to the shore. It is often taught in high schools as a part of the American Literature curriculum. It is interesting that Hemingway draws attention to the relics of Santiago's wife in his house, presenting an aspect of Santiago which is otherwise absent throughout the novel.
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