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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