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The Old Man's relationship with the sea

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The Old Man's relationship with the sea Q) Discuss the Old Man's relationship with the sea and its creatures. In this essay I am going to discuss the Old Man's relationship with the sea and its creatures. I am going to be comparing and looking at the overall relationship and all the sea creatures as his companions or family and understand what life is like for them. Firstly he refers to the sea and describe as a woman. The old man does not blame 'her' for her different moods. He loves the sea and feels part of it. His attitude is very different from the younger fisherman who thinks the sea as masculine/the enemy. ...read more.


When the flying fish jumps out of the water, it means that the big fish are chasing them. Furthermore he talks about the two porpoises which he likes them because they play jokes and love each other. He refers to them as brothers just like the flying fish. Then he refers to the small birds in general. The Old Man is pleased to have the company of the little birds. He seems to understand the bird's difficult life. He was sorry for the birds, especially they always flying and cant find anything to eat, looking everywhere. "Why did they make birds so dedicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel?" ...read more.


Then the next sea creature is the jelly fish. The old man calls them Portuguese man-of-war "Agua mala" ('water evil') and "whore". Although they look beautiful he knows what is like to be stung by them which in this way they are "false" like prostitutes. The man loves to see them being eaten by the turtles and likes to pop them by standing on them. Finally the old man talks about the sharks. He calls the first shark "Dentuso" ('teeth') and thinks of it as cruel, and able, strong and intelligent. (On page 82 he also calls it "noble and beautiful") when the other sharks attack the marlin, the old man feels as if he himself has been hit and he loses his strength with every mouthful the sharks take. ...read more.

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