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The Old Man and the Sea Analysis In Hemingway's book "The Old Man and the Sea", Santiago demonstrates heroism, determination and a respect for nature. To single-handedly take on a 1500-pound fish on a small boat in the middle of the ocean is the act of a hero. Santiago's heroism is emphasized by the fact that his boat is less than ideal for the task ahead. Hemingway advises the reader just how unsuitable the old man's boat is for the challenges that lie ahead. The old man's sail was patched up with flour sacks, which makes even more of a hero as he had a poorly equipped boat. (9) Santiago shows determination by allowing the marlin to pull him for hours in order to defeat the fish. He never lets down his guard and he fights with consistent strength during his fateful fishing expedition. The old man is prepared to stay with the marlin until he kills the fish. (75) Santiago's love and respect for nature is key part of his personality and it surfaces throughout the story. ...read more.

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While battling the marlin he always keeps his main goal, in mind and works out new ways to get through the tough situations. . When you consider the character that Hemingway created for Santiago, it is hard to think of him as not being practical. Hemingway presents a series of shark attacks in a different manner in order to give pacing to the story and to focus on the theme of man versus nature. The series of shark attacks also allows the author to reinforce the determination of Santiago's character and at the same time show the despair of having his prize marlin gradually eaten in the series of attacks. He had predicted that the sharks would come. (68) During one attack of galanos, Santiago shows ingenuity by strapping a knife to an oar and loses one quarter of the marlin. In another attack, his knife blade breaks. (101) In the next attack he uses his oar as a club to injure them. Finally the galanos come in a pack and eat the remainder of the marlin. ...read more.

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(101) Armed only with a knife, he fights sharks that have come to eat his captured marlin. Santiago had predicted that sharks would try to scavenge his catch but he stood up to them. "A man can be destroyed but not defeated," are not the words of a coward. The story has a happy ending. It is a classic story of human endurance. Hemingway presents the old man is an archetype of a quiet hero. Santiago is someone who rises to a challenge late in life and beats overwhelming odds. He proves that he is brave, strong-minded and a lover of nature throughout the book. In this short time span during which the story takes place, we get to see the ultimate battle of man versus nature. Even though Santiago loses the fish to sharks, (119)in losing the battle he wins the war. His experiences have allowed him to win back his own confidence and self-respect. The book has a happy ending because through Santiago, it demonstrates that gaining respect for oneself (124) is as important as gaining the respect of others 3 ...read more.

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