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A Review Of The Old Man And The Sea: Hemingway’s Tragic Vision Of Man

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The Old Man and the Sea is one of the most famous novel written by Ernest Hemingway. In this novel, Hemingway shows the world the story about the great Santiago, an old Cuban fisherman who fights for his honor and pride. In the critical essay, “Hemingway’s Tragic Vision of Man,” Clinton S. Burhans, Jr writes that he and other authors have interpreted this novel, and he takes into account the following points: heroic individualism, interdependence, and Christian themes. I agree with Burhans’ essay. In the novel, Hemingway addresses the character of Santiago so properly that he inspires these points without doubt.
“He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish” (Hemingway 1): This is how the story begins. The old man had spent almost three months without catching anything, so the next day he made up his mind and proposed to himself that he would take a big fish. That day he went far in the ocean. In the beginning, he feels that he has to redeem his bad luck by catching a big fish. He wants to demostrate to the boy and to his town that he still is the great Santiago, but most important he wants to prove it at himself. That day, the old man hooked a fish, but not a regular one. It was a marlin, and the biggest and most beautiful that Satiago had ever seen. However, the fish was not only beautiful, he was strong as well. It took three days for our hero to win the fight, but because the fish was so big, it could not be taken home in the boat. Santiago has to tie the marlin to his boat and try to take it home. But it was esair to say than done. The fish was dripping blood from its heart ,so it got the attention of sharks. The old man has to fight more than ten sharks to defend the marlin.Demostrating his huge heroism, the old man fought. However, the sharks ate the marlin. Burhans writes that this was a lesson to Satiago. A man fails when he...

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