"Old Man And The Sea" By Ernest Hemingway

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This part of the story has to do with Santiago against nature andthe sea. In this part of the story, he goes out and fights nature inthe form of terrible forces and dangerous creatures, among them, amarlin, sharks and hunger. He starts the story in a small skiff andmoves out in a journey to capture a fish after a long losing streak ofeighty-four days. Unfortunately his friend must desert him due to thisproblem and a greater force, his parents. Santiago must go out into thedanger alone. For three harsh days and nights he fights a fish ofenormous power. This is the second form of nature he must conquer.Earlier in the story, the first part of nature is himself, for which hemust fight off his hunger. This is a harsh part of the story. Hemanages though to get a few bites in the form of flying fish anddolphin of which he would like to have salt on. This part of thestory tells of a cold and harsh sea, that is, one that has value andmystery as well as death and danger. It has commercial value as well asthe population of life in it. It is dark and treacherous though, andevery day there is a challenge. A similar story tells about a tidalpool with life called `Cannery Road'.This part of the story has to deal with figures of Christ. Itmainly deals with Santiago as being a figure of Christ and othercharacters as props, that is, characters which carry out the form ofbiblical themes. On the day before he leaves when he wakes up, Manolin,his helper, comes to his aid with food and drink. Also a point thatmight be good is that he has had bad luck with his goal for a greatperiod of time and is sure it will work this time. Later, though, whenSantiago needs him for the quest he sets out to do, Manolin desertshim, although he may not have wanted to at this time. In the novelSantiago comes upon a force bigger than his skiff, the marlin whichmisleads him out far past his intended reach. This is where he startsto lose his strength against something which seems a greater force.Santiago has a struggle of three days, which is significent becauseof the three days in Easter, and continues to fight on though his goalmay not aquire anything. This is another idea through which Christ did,a struggle to get a goal done even though it may mean certaindestruction to himself. This might accomplish nothing but thesatisfaction of doing this and also has great risks. Finally he comesupon a painful experience with his hand which is in great pain andwon't move. This is useful in the place where Christ loses his physicalself and has less to deal with. On the third day, he recovers himselfand returns to his home even though his only remaining treasure was abroken skiff, experience, and a torn up marlin. And in the finalconclusion, you can see him dragging the mast of his skiff, across-like object, in his hand. This story has a certain sequence ofevents, first it has a hunter vs. his prey. This hunter does respect the prey. Throughout the book it has this series of events: encounter,battle,...

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