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How does the writer capture the determination of the old and to catch the fish, here and elsewhere in the novel? the old man and the sea

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Jo Winter What does the old man and the sea tell us about the theme of age and youth? One will go through a number of stages in life. Infancy, Youth, Adulthood, and Old Age are all key stages. As one grows, they mature through these various stages. When one reaches old age, there is often a lot of doubt surrounding their lives. Calmness and independence are often the two most questioned. These are some questions that Santiago has to ask himself. The novella is titled "The Old Man and the sea," the fact that throughout the tale Santiago is referred to as an "Old Man," enforces to the reader the fact that he is old. When I envisage an elderly person the initial thought that comes to mind is of a frail and small individual who is unable of living an independent life. As a person ages their physical strength is replaced with wisdom and courage, this is what happens to Santiago. ...read more.

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When Santiago returns from his trip he is frail and weak but the boy stays positive and on page 97 say "Now we fish together again." The new young fishermen call the sea "el mar," which is masculine is in deep contrast with the way that he calls the sea "la mar which is what some people call her in Spanish when they love her" it says on page 19. This suggests that he sees it as a source of both good and evil and that he respects it. He says that the sea's mood is affected by the moon and can be both wild and wicked. This is a weak personification which refers to the female menstrual cycle. The Old Man is very lonely the whole village supports him, they feed him and respect him. No one steals from him but with age he has lost his wife and friends and has become more dependants on the sea this is why he talks to the animals and respects them. ...read more.

Conclusion

Santiago is also very aware of the disadvantages of old age. Although he retains much of his youthful strength, for example, he knows that at his age he is no longer able to fight off the sharks that attack his fish. Yet in the end, Santiago is still able to plan his next fishing expedition and to dream again of the lions who perhaps represent to him the strength and the freedom of youth Many people believe that when people get old they become useless. However, since I read The Old Man and the Sea, I realized something else about the characteristics of old people. Santiago's age does not mean anything to him. He believes that he can do anything he wants. But not everyone is aware of this fact and his old age contrasts with the youth of Manolin to make them a great partnership. This is why Santiago misses the boy when he is out fishing alone and why he depends so much on the boy for food just like the boy depends on Santiago for teaching. ...read more.

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