Earnest Hemingway's Books Essay

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Earnest Hemingway's Books


Many of Ernest Hemingway's books have had different meaning and all could be interpreted
in different way, but there has never been so much written about his other stories. Well
the Old Man and the Sea had more written about it than any of his other novels and there
have never been so many different types of interpretations about his other novels. The Old
Man and the Sea is a book in which can be interpreted in many different ways. Here you
will read what many critics have composed about the story of a great writer, Ernest
Hemingway. Many of the critics have the same outlook on the works of Hemingway.
Hemingway's work The Old man and the Sea can be looked at in many different perspectives.
All the critics believed that his styling of writing was very defined.


In 1944 Ernest Hemingway went to Havana, Cuba and it was there he wrote a letter to
Maxwell Perkins which states he has a idea on a new novel called The Old Man and the Sea (
Nelson and Jones 139). Hemingway first got his idea for The Old Man and the Sea from the
stories that he had heard in the small fish cities in Cuba by a man named Carlos
Gutierrez. He had known of this man for about twenty years and the stories of the fighting
marlins. It was then that he imagined that man under the two circumstances and came up
with the idea. After about twenty years of pondering on the story , he decided that he
would start on the novel of The Old Man and the Sea. The story The Old Man and the Sea is
about a old man named Santiago who has to over come the great forces of nature. Things
seem to always go wrong for him because originally he started out going to fish for some
dinner, then he caught the biggest marlin ever and it pulled him out in the bay of Cuba
even more then he was. After he was pulled out, he hurt his hands and couldn't risk going
to sleep because of the risk of sharks. When the sharks finally attacked he lost the
marlin which had become a great part of him because he knew that no one would believe him
when he told them the size of the marlin. This has to be one of the most memorable fights
in a novel that I have ever seen, but I think that the way he put the novel together was
just as good as that of the fight.


When he put them together it was then that he relized that what he was actually writing
about was a struggle of man vs. nature. He liked the idea of man vs. nature and decided to
use it in the struggle scene with the marlin. Magill wrote," the book can be seen as a
fable of the unconquerable spirit of man, a creature capable of snatching spiritual
victories from the circumstances of disaster and material defeat" (Magill 4325). Also it
is said," the conflict is of the strength of a ordinary man and the power of
nature"(Magill 4325). I feel that Santiago plays a large role in the novel by being able
not to give in and prove to the element of nature that he would over come them in the long
run.


Magill wrote," The Old Man and the Sea is a direct descendant of Moby Dick"(Magill 4326).
He feels that the struggle between Santiago and the marlin is very much like that of the
whale and the captain in Moby Dick. The similarities between The Old Man and the Sea and
Moby Dick are extremely noticeable after reading both of the stories back to back, but
there are differences in the story line. The main difference is that Santiago never comes
out with anything unlike the captain in Moby Dick. Santiago was left with just a broken
boat, a bad fishing pole, and the misery of defeat.


The story could also be interpreted as being religious because of the struggle that
Santiago was put though. Also it is felt by some people to be religious because of the way
he only cut his palms( from the rope), his feet( on the front of the boat) and his
head(when the bow hit him in the head). It is often portrayed as that of Jesus on the
cross. I don't know if I really agree with this interpretation of it being religious. The
reason I don't agree with this is because if everytime someone got cut on the hands and
feet in a movie or book then I guess that they too resemble that of Jesus on the cross.


This story has many different interpretations to it, but would the interpretations be if
the story contained everyone from the village in it and sowed how the were raised, born,
educated, and bore children. This story could have been well over a thousand pages if the
above were included (Plimpton 125). The big question that I ask is though, if all the
above were included in the novel, how different do you think that the interpretation would
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