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In The Pearl, Derzu Uzala, and the Old Man and the Sea, the protagonists are faced with life threatening situations which test their intelligence and their physical and emotional strength. What is each man

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MAN AND NATURE ESSAY In "The Pearl", "Derzu Uzala", and the "Old Man and the Sea", the protagonists are faced with life threatening situations which test their intelligence and their physical and emotional strength. What is each man's struggle about and how does each one confront the challenges before him? Which man do you admire the most? In "The Pearl", "Derzu Uzala", and the "Old Man and the Sea", the protagonists are faced with life threatening situations which test their intelligence and their physical and emotional strength. In life we all have threatening situations but we all try to face them, even though they are very scary situations, dramatic situations we all look forward to resolving them. Usually people face problems using modern communications, objects and sometimes words but three film directors and writers have tried to show the world how really people should resolve struggles by placing three very unique stories and turning them into parables. Everyone has to struggle to get something, but in the end, the person might or might not achieve their goal. The biggest defeat or accomplishment happens in their minds. Like for example, Santiago does get the fish but sharks eat it. So Santiago does accomplish his goal of getting the marlin. ...read more.

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Steinbeck has used an intelligent way to express the feelings of Kino. I liked mostly the personification that he used for the pearl. The pearl 'winked and glimmered', or 'gloated triumphantly', or was 'warm and alive'. By giving human qualities to the pearl he makes it very clear that the struggle is not just between Kino and an object but that the pearl has a soul and a will of its own. In the film "Derzu Uzala" Derzu had great respect for the forest, animals, people and the forest spirit. He showed it in many ways like when he called the fire "man of fire' or water, "man of water" and the wind was "man of wind". He said that animals can not be killed for sport but only for survival. He believed that if a tiger is killed, the spirit of the forest (Kanga) would send another tiger to take revenge. So by this level Derzu, staying in the kanga for so long has learnt its traits but for certain he has encountered moments of struggle that test his intelligence as we see in the film when he is almost carried away by the wind and struggles to defeat this very strong "man" and soon creates a shelter that protects him and the captain Arseniev from this atmospheric enemy. ...read more.

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So which man do I admire the most? Well, by thinking fondly and deeply I have come to a closing stage, the man I admire the most is Kino in "The Pearl". Even though he went through the most hard struggle and did not learn what was right he still fought to eternity. Even though he brought misery to his family and endangered lives he still is an idol of the English literature. He fought with himself and his precious item, the pearl, he loved his family but brought misery on them, he wanted to save himself and his relatives but failed on this too, but the reason I admire him the most is because he went through the biggest struggle and tried his best to win over it. He may have done some huge errors but from them he learnt that life is a struggle itself and that we must be strong to confront it. This is why I think highly of Kino. Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets. I could terminate this essay by declaring that whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit. ...read more.

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