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A Book Report

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This was the last book published by Hemingway in his lifetime. This novella works perfectly as the final work of a great writer and man, it presents reflections on life and the dignity of man in the twilight of his life. A book just over 110 pages in length, is about Santiago, an experienced Cuban fisherman in the Gulf and the giant Marlin he kills and loses. I appreciated this story which took me a short time to finish, not because of the length, but because of the content. I would recommend this book to anyone, first, because of its theme, which provides lessons in life, second, the motif, the contrast and literary device to develop the main theme, and third, the symbolism used to ...view middle of the document...

Respect and reputation, what makes the stakes of the battle with the marlin so high is the notion of respect. The old man himself feels great awe and respect for the fish, always emphasizing this during his struggle and after killing the marlin. Further, Santiago’s friendships are based on mutual respect.
The motif, Hemingway desired to compare Santiago with Christ in His struggle to redeem fallen man. To show the discerning of Santiago’s sacrifice and the glory that derives from it. The author employs a number of images that link Santiago to Christ, the model of transcendence, who turned loss into gain, defeats into triumph, and even death into new life. Christ’s march toward cavalry was depicted through the image of Santiago struggling up the road with his mast across his shoulder. The position when he lay down on the bed, face down, with his arms out straight and the palms of his hands up, depicting Christ suffering on the cross.
The symbolism, Santiago identifies with the injured DiMaggio, the indomitability of the human spirit. Santiago, whom people believe no...

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