Old man and the sea1

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Old man and the sea1





Book Report

The Old Man and the Sea was written by Ernest Hemingway and published in 1952. This is a
captivating fiction story about a man named Santiago and his adventure when one day, he
goes on a fishing journey to catch the big one. However, this adventure quickly becomes
one of pain and suffering when things take a turn for the worse.

The Old Man and the Sea takes in place in Havana, Cuba and the fishing waters off the
coast of Havana. The Spanish names, Santiago and Manolin, are typical in Cuba. Cuba is
mostly Catholic so this accounted for Santiago's devotion to Jesus Christ. The year seems
to be around the 1930's and 1940's because Santiago is a big fan of Joe DiMaggio who
played during these years. In the 1930's and '40's, the city of Havana was booming with
population and business. Seafood is one of the most popular foods in Havana so to meet the
rising demand of fish, many young boys learned how to be fishermen as Manolin did.

Santiago is a complex character who learns a lot through the course of this story. He is a
very good, humble man and loves Manolin, his apprentice. Santiago is a poor man and is
regarded as bad luck by others because he was not caught a single fish in 84 days. One
cannot help feel sorry for him because he is very alone. His wife died and the book
suggested that he never had any children. Yet he was humble and did not complain at all
about his hard life. Santiago is a very persistant and determined character. He fought the
huge marlin that he had caught for three agonizing days desopite feeling intense pain. He
often had contradictory feelings and thoughts. One that I found strange was when he felt
sorry for the marlin while he joyfully pondered how much money he would get for selling
the fish.

Mololin is Santiago's apprentice. Since he was a young child, Manolin has accompanied
Santiago to learn how to fish. Santiago loves him very much because he sees him as the son
he never had. However Manolin's parents stops him from going to Santiago because they
think he is cursed and has bad luck.

Santiago is an old fisherman and has been for most of his life. He used to have an
apprentice named Manolin but his parents made stop because of the belief that he is bad
luck for he hasn't caught a fish in eighty four days. One day he decided that he wasn't
going home without catching a fish. So he set out far away from the harbor in hopes of
catching the big one. He sets his line and waits. Before long he feels a nibble in the
bait. He tries to reel it in but he can't. Instead the fish is pulling the boat! He
struggles and struggles with the fish for hours. After a while fatigue takes it's toll as
his hands clamp up, and his back aches from the line tied around it. The fish surfaces and
Santiago realizes that it is longer than the boat he is on! An unexpected jerk leaves a
gash in his hand only to add to his pain. After a very long while Santiago shortens the
line to harpoon it. He latches the fish to the side of the boat and begind to tow it back
to shore triumphant. Then a mako shark approaches and takes a large bite out of the
marlin. Santiago kills it with a harpoon. Only later did he realize that the sharks blood
would attract more sharks. As more sharks approached Santiago fought with all his might to
save his fish but there was too many sharks. By the time he got to shore, he had nothing
more than a skeleton. Santiago collapses from exhaustion on the shore but is found by
Manolin and calls for help. The community marveled at the size of the skeleton that is
still attached to the boat. Manolin takes care of the old man and vows to return to him as
an apprentice. Santiago finally gets the repect from his community.

Hemingway wrote this novel in the third person. By writing in the third person, the reader
was able to know more information than the protagonist, Santiago, knew. Knowing what might
happen to the protagonist without him knowing raised the excitement of the story and
allowed for more suspense. For example when Santiago is battling the sharks that are
trying to eat the marlin, Hemingway vividly described how he killed the first shark with a
harpoon. The author explained how the wound to the shark left a large blood trail and was
sure to attract more frenzied sharks.

Ernest Hemingway has a very simple way of writing. It was easy to understand and he used
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