A Psychoanalytic Look Into The Life Of A Lonely Old Fisherman

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A Psychoanalytic Look into the Life of a Lonely Old Fisherman
Isolation can have many affects on how a person behaves, there mental stability and personality. Isolation is the state of being away from anyone or anything is society. While under this for a period of time it can effect a person's state of mind, such as talking to inanimate objects. This can also mean them finding love or friendship in animals that don't have a clue what the person means. One of the key factors of this theory is isolation; it can be both physical and emotional. Santiago struggles with physical isolation. It is defined as being alone and away from society, with no social contact. This is illustrated though the symbolism of dreams, actions, objects, events, and characters while Santiago is at sea. He not only has to deal with isolation, but also with keeping a connection with God to fill the empty void of no companion at sea. His pride and isolation become more apparent towards the end of the book. In The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, the main character Santiago shows great signs of psychological dysfunctional behavior.
Isolation is a theme that comes across hardheaded right from the first page in the book. The first line says, “He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone 84 days now without taking a fish”. (Hemingway 1) This really helps set the tone of how Santiago lives and deals with this. There are many other signs of isolation and deep loneliness in Santiago's life. If we look at the way the old man describes his own home he says, "went through its open door and in it there was a bed, a table, one chair, and a place on the dirt floor to cook with charcoal" (Hemingway 15). He also describes there being a picture of his late wife. "Once there had been a tinted photograph of his wife on the wall, but he had taken it down because it made him to lonely to see it" (Hemingway16). Everything in the old man's own home gave a feeling of his loneliness and isolation; the one bed, one table, one chair, and his wife's picture that he did not stand to look at so he took it down. Further displaying Santiago's loneliness is the door in his house, " They walked up the road together to the old man’s shack and went in through its open door" (Hemingway 15). The open door symbolizes that someone will drop by his home and come in without knocking. Santiago always leaves his door open, even at night time. This shows how much he urns for anyone to drop by.
In the beginning of The Old Man and The Sea there is a young fisherman, who looks up to Santiago. Santiago and the young boy named Manolin becomes his companion. Manolin feels nothing but love and devotion for the old man. They both refer to each other as the "old man" and "the boy". By giving themselves this label they create a more broad and general name, thus creating distance and isolation between them .When Santiago is away from him, he is always thinking of the boy. He thinks...

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