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Santiagos power of observation in "The Old Man and the Sea".

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´╗┐Santiago?s power of observation Through the old man and the sea, Santiago is given heroic proportions. He is ?a strange old man,? still powerful and still wise in all the ways of his trade. After he hooks the great marlin, he fights him with epic skill and endurance, he is determined to ?fight them until I die,? because he knows that ?man is not made for defeat?.a man can be destroyed but not defeated.? Santiago?s spiritual excellence, confidence, perseverance and conscious of introspection make believe us about his whole life is closely connected with the sea thus he dedicates full effort in fishing. And with all these he contains another very strong characteristic and that is his power of observation. Conscious of introspection helps him to gain courage from his icon DiMaggio. A man possesses such spiritual power has enough reason to win. With his wonderful observation power he picks each and every element, so beautifully that we never feel monotony during our reading the novella. We come to know about Santiago?s introspection as he sails far out on the sea. ...read more.

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The dolphin was cutting through the water below the flight of the fish. The bird has no chance as the flying fish are too big for him and they go too fast- observes Santiago. He then observes the blue hills, dark blue water looks like purple, and red sifting of the plankton in the dark water and become happy with the possibilities of getting fish there. He sees Agua mala, a kind of jellyfish with bubble with its long deadly purple filaments. The old man loved to see the big sea turtles to eat them and loved to walk on them on the beach after the storm and here they pop. But he had no mysticism about turtles. He observes the blue hills that showed white, clouds looks like high snow mountains, the dark sea and the light made prisms in the water. He can tell the difference between the blowing noise the male made and the sighing blow of the female. He calls him as his brother like the flying fish. He remembers the time he had hooked one of a pair of marlin and their sad story. ...read more.

Conclusion

And when he sees a flight of wild ducks go over, the old man knows ?no man was ever alone on the sea?. Other most important things come out at the end of the novella. Santiago feels deepest love for the creature that he himself hunts and kills, the great fish which he must catch not alone for physical need but even more for his pride and his profession. When Santiago sees no more meat with the marlin, he realizes. He becomes sorry to the fish and realizes that he should go far out, beyond all people, beyond his true place. ?I shouldn?t have gone out so far, fish?.?, he declares. ?neither for you not for me. I?m sorry fish.? Now he feels glad that they don?t have to kill the stars, moon or sun, only have to kill their fellow creatures to live on. The old man?s realization of what he has done is reflected in his apologies to the fish, and this realization, its implications and his power of observations are emphasized symbolically throughout the novel. And through the character of Santiago we get again the truth of Hemingway as a skilled observer. Submitted by: Khondokar Farha Mourin I?d. 092-10-512 17th batch Department of English ...read more.

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