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  1. The Old Man and the Sea is a book by Ernest Hemingway. The author's writing conveys deep messages and focuses on the development of characters who are not always human, but an important part of the story

    The story takes place in Havanna, Cuba in an older time than today, but still modern. Santiago is a fisherman that has not caught anything in 84 days. Manolin used to fish with Santiago since he was five, but his parents made him go to another fishing crew when Santiago stopped catching fish. Santiago treats Manolin as if he were his son. This has a great impact on the character of Santiago. It shows Santiago's nature for nurturing. The old man is very compationate and caring.

    • Word count: 928
  2. Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers"

    The man behind the counter called George in the black and white version changes to a blind women acting as a secretary. There is a lot more violence used in the colour version than the black and white version. The victims name changes, in the black and white version the victims name is Ole Anderson and in the colour version it's Pete Dunn. The Killers in the black and white version are not the main people in the film but in the black and version the killers are the main people in the film, this is because in the black and white version the killers don't play a big part in it they just do their job and get out.

    • Word count: 978
  3. Ernest Hemingway: A Biography and Annotated Bibliography for

    His sister Marcelline was not actually his twin but their mother raised the two that way, for reasons unknown. Besides that confusing situation, young Hemingway and his siblings grew up in a fairly average home. As a high school student he participated in sports and wrote constantly for the school paper. His family spent their time during the summer hunting and fishing in Michigan, where they had a cottage. He seemed to be growing up like any other average boy, "yet there were signs of the determinedly self-defined man that he would become."(Koster 16).

    • Word count: 991
  4. The End of Something by Ernest Hemingway.

    from the present, also the phrase 'twelve feet of dark water' is used which may be representing the areas unknown and unvisited in effect, within their relationship. Marjorie states 'There's our old ruin, Nick' which represents the ruin of the relationship, how it was once a glorified, standing wonder now reduced only to shambles. Throughout their day out fishing, Marjorie is constantly the one trying to make the moves, the one trying to reminisce and revive their once wonderful bond, however Nick rejects all offers.

    • Word count: 840
  5. The old man and the sea; Book Review.

    This essay is gong to discuss the different ways the old man's friendship with the boy exists. The first example of their friendship is when the boy suggests that he could fish with the old man again and the old man replies 'No, You're with a lucky boat. Stay with them.' This shows that the old man is more concerned with the boy's well being than his own. The way the story is written just before this shows clearly that the old man and the boy are good friends and would both want to go fishing with each other so this shows clearly that the old man is doing what he thinks is best for the boy.

    • Word count: 520
  6. The old man and the sea analysis.

    (75) Santiago's love and respect for nature is key part of his personality and it surfaces throughout the story. Hemingway writes how Santiago sees the sea as something feminine and as something that gave or withheld assistance. (30) Santiago has respect for his enemy, the marlin. He reflects about how wonderful and strange the marlin is wonders how old the fish is. (48) When Santiago thinks, "there is no sense in being anything but practical", it makes perfect sense when you consider what type of person the old man is. He is a survivor. After thinking that he should be practical, the old man immediately goes on goes on to say that he wished he had some salt so that he could preserve the fish.

    • Word count: 922
  7. A study of a relationship in Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    Their meeting is also more like an interrogation than a first meeting of two potential colleagues. Pablo dominates by asking all the questions and demanding answers: '[Jordan] "Blow up a bridge." [Pablo] "What bridge?" "That is my business." "If it is in this territory, it is my business."'(Chapter 1 P.14) In a way, Jordan is opposing Pablo by refusing to give him information, but Pablo stays in power. He uses his identity as a part of his guerilla group to show his supremacy. Pablo also has a way of going against Jordan, 'What right have you, a foreigner, to come to me and tell me what I must do?'

    • Word count: 998
  8. The Old Man and the Sea. Santiago follows the Hemingway code of behavior, therefore emphasizing and supporting the theme, Dignity belongs to the conquered.

    feed...are they worthy to eat him...? No, of course not. There is no one worthy of eating him from...his behaviour...his great dignity" (Hemingway, 75). Although he is attempting to kill the marlin, it is obvious from the way Santiago speaks that he still has a lot of admiration for the fish. This pride in one's task but respect of the opponent is one of the primary components of Hemingway's "code of behavior." Furthermore, when Santiago has used up all of his weapons in attempts to defeat the sharks, he says in his mind, "Now it is over.

    • Word count: 814
  9. A Farewell to Arms is regarded as a story of a man whose experiences of war and love lead to tragedy. The novel centers on the aspirations of a nave young man named Frederick Henry.

    Hemingway then gives the reader a quick and reporter-like description containing an appalling tone. Hemingway writes of the troops marching in the mud, officers going by in their cars, splashing mud and inspections by the King, who says that it is going, "very badly". In the final sentence of the chapter, Hemingway writes that winter came, and an epidemic spread throughout the Army, but only seven thousand died. This single statement, although easy to read over, foreshadows the future of the book quite perfectly. One may gather that things will not unravel well for Henry.

    • Word count: 853
  10. Indian Camp by Ernest Hemingway - Literary analysis.

    The geographical setting though - an outlying Indian camp in the wilderness of USA - is of great relevancy in the story; Nick's rough confrontation with the mysteries of birth and death stands as a contrast to the peaceful society and surroundings the Indians are living in. And that's what the story is about; the beginning and end of life, how rough it some times might be, and a young boy's confrontation with this. Because of his father's occupation, Nick is in all likelihood familiar with both child birth and death, but not in this violent way.

    • Word count: 554
  11. Which pet to choose-a cat or dog?

    The dog and the cat will become good companions with their owner. Both become attached to their owners and vice versa. A dog or cat owner should be prepared for the loss of his or her pet. Both a dog and a cat can become an inconvenience to clean up after. Shedding hair on particular breeds is a hassle with both. Much like a child, they are known to get into things and create unwanted messes. The owner must watch where he or she allows his or her dog or cat to roam.

    • Word count: 895
  12. Theme and narrative in Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants"

    Because the hills have no vegetation they appear to be white. Their round shape looks somewhat like a white elephant. As our characters sit outside a bar there is an obvious hostility in the air. Jig especially seems very frustrated. This is shown through her sarcastic remarks about drinking absinthe. As the conversation moves on the man speaks of "an awfully simple operation" The man asks the woman to have this operation. He says things like "It's not really an operation at all", and "It's just to let the air in."

    • Word count: 620
  13. A Clean Well Lighted Place

    There are only three main characters in A Clean Well-Lighted Place. The old waiter, the young waiter and the old, blind patron. The patron is totally content sitting in the clean well-lighted place and drinking. He is simply being. By 'being', I mean that the patron is just being alive and appreciating and owning his life. It seems to be an almost melancholy state he's in. The old, blind patron almost seems as though, if he were to stay there forever, he would be just fine. Although he does not speak much in the story, I would say that he is the protagonist.

    • Word count: 632
  14. A Farewell to Arms.

    According to the Hemingway hero's philosophy, a truly brave "code hero" was a stoic person, who accepted the fear of a situation and did not complain about it. "I'm not a bit afraid. It's just a dirty trick." This was all that Catherine said shortly before she died. However, Catherine died according to her view of what the brave should do in death as in life. A brave person should simply not mention their fear of the deaths that they have encountered.

    • Word count: 593
  15. Santiagos power of observation in "The Old Man and the Sea".

    We come to know about Santiago?s introspection as he sails far out on the sea. In searching for and in catching his big fish, Santiago gains a deepened insight into himself and into his relationship to the rest of created life. For the birds that rests on his line and for other creatures who share with him such a capricious and violent life, the old man feels friendship and loves ?the birds have a harder life than we do expect for the robber birds and the heavy strong ones. Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel? She is kind and very beautiful?.

    • Word count: 941
  16. The Change in Frederick Henry in "A Farewell to Arms"

    It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.? In chapter three Henry is portrayed as a kind man. When his roommate, Rinaldi, spots an English nurse, Henry loans him 50 lire so Rinaldi can seem like a wealthy man. Even though Henry was not a religious man he was still nice and friendly to the priest. In chapter 5 Henry and Catherine were chatting about Catherine?s job, they agree to ?drop the war? as a subject of conversation, Henry tries to put his arm around her.

    • Word count: 651
  17. In the short story Hills like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway there are many different ways to describe the theme

    As I was doing research on this short story in the E-brary I found out that they were in fact on their way for the woman to get an abortion (Rankin, 2005). The way that Hemingway portrayed the people was one way of him using symbols as a way to draw a person in to the theme of the story.

    • Word count: 491

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare and contrast ‘The End of Something’ by Ernst Hemingway and ‘Here We Are’ by Dorothy Parker

    "The two stories are very ambiguous and the authors invite the readers to read between the lines and make their own conclusions. Terminology is used to illustrate the machinery and fishing in 'The End of Something' but words are not specialised in 'Here we are', although idioms are used. Nick and Marjorie have been together for a long time and are comfortable with each other, but their relationship is coming to an end. In 'Here we are' the man and girl are newly wed and in a new and unfamiliar relationship. The train journey is the journey into married life, which has only just begun for them. In both stories, there is suspense and tension throughout brought on by the language, style and dialogue between the characters. The language used and how the characters respond to each other allows us to form informed opinions of them."

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