Hemingway's "The Old Man And The Sea": An Analysis



Everyone has an arch enemy. Batman had the Joker, Superman had Lex
Luthor. But without their enemies, they would be unimportant, just like anyone
else. One could say that they needed their enemies, that their enemies were
almost friends. Similarly, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, is a
love story about the relationship developed over the years between a man and his
lifelong friend and foe, the sea. Within the following paragraphs, it will be
proven that the man needed the sea, that the two respected each other, and were
very close.

The old man respected the sea, unlike some of the younger, richer
fishermen. They referred to the sea as a man. "...spoke of her as el ...

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who fished every day. La mar provided the man with
food, a living, an enemy, and a friend.

When he was out on the sea fishing, he was at home. The sea, la mar,
was like his mother. The fish in the ocean were like his brothers and sisters.
When he heard the dolphins playing in the night he thought, "They are
good...they are our brothers like the flying fish." (p.48) He had almost reeled
the giant marlin in when he realized what he was doing. "You are killing me,
fish. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more
beautiful...thing than you, brother." (p.92) Even as he ate the fish that he
would catch, or as he killed scavengers trying to get the marlin, he was
apologizing or talking to his "family".

The old man saw the sea as a person, as a woman, and the fish were
people, also. Thinking that way, he kept an open dialogue with his surroundings.
Throughout the several days in which he tried to catch the marlin, he
constantly spoke to it. He had just ...

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