The Old Man And The Sea

The Old Man And The Sea is the last piece of work Ernest Hemingway published and it is one of his most famous novels. The novel was considered so great that Hemingway received the Nobel prize in 1954. It is set in the 1950’s Havana on Cuba where a lot of fishermen manage to make a living. The characters, the conflict and the symbolism will in this essay be used to describe a deeper message and purpose in the novel. Ernest Hemingway is not only telling a story about a fisherman’s struggle to catch a big fish on the vast ocean, but also about his struggle against himself. The old man strives to prove for himself that he is good enough - and he manages to.

Santiago is the protagonist of the ...

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about fishing. They became good fishing partners until Manolin’s parents expressed a dislike against the fact that Santiago’s bad luck continued. Despite this, Manolin keeps on helping Santiago pull his boat up in the evenings and provides the old man with food and bait when he needs it. Manolin is a kind of a surrogate to Santiago and it seems as Santiago would like to have a son just like him.

The marlin can also be considered a character in the novel. Santiago describes the marlin’s great nobility of being a larger fish than he has ever heard of, and Santiago is uncertain about whether he is worthy enough to overpower this great marlin.

As the title states, the sea plays a central character in the novel and most of the story takes place there. Santiago refers to the sea as a woman, and one could argue that the sea represent the opposite of Santiago’s great masculinity.

The big conflict in the novel is the old man’s struggle against the marlin and the sea. Santiago ...

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