He was so unlucky that for eighty four grueling days, he was unable to catch even a single fish.And to add fuel to the fire of his misfortune , his own son-like assistant, the young boy, Manolin, was not allowed by his parents to go with Santiago.
He was so unlucky that for eighty four grueling days, he was unable to catch even a single fish.
This essay seeks to make a detailed review of the story, “The Old Man and the Sea”, its themes and relations to the real world. He is shown in the way he helps the fisherman to carry his fishing gear and discussing the latest happenings in the American baseball.
Despite the old man’s unsuccessful fishing trips, the book portrays him as having a strong determination to achieve his aim.
Testimony to this, (the way Santiago feels it); the people who are going to eat this fish are not entitled to such greatness.
It is on the third day that we see Santiago is getting his catch into the boat finally.
Hemingway has amply demonstrated as how every failure and every disappointment, every ridicule can be withstood by a man of indomitable spirit and who cannot accept nothing but ultimate victory.
An outstanding novel of the early fifties, The Old Man and The Sea is a fine depiction of human character and spirit at its indomitable best.
Santiago’s move to set out to sea all alone in order to redeem his reputation among his people is a bold move (Hemingway 22).
However, Hemmingway, the author, describes the boy as the one who admires the old man despite his parents discourage him from joining Santiago in his fishing, he still continues to care for the old man.
On the eighty fifth day, Santiago goes far out into the sea and engages in a relentless struggle with that same large fish, a marlin, which has been eluding every attempt by Santiago.
At last, bleeding and tired, Santiago manages to harpoon the marlin.