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Santiago As A Christ Like Figure Essay

861 words - 4 pages

I. Introduction & Thesis
A. “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” by Chuck Swindoll. In the novella, The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway describes a character named Santiago who goes on an impossible journey to catch the biggest fish of his career.
B. In the novella, Santiago is portrayed as Christ-like character. Similarly to Jesus, Santiago has a form of stigmata, has a faithful follower that is dependent on him, and was in a situation where he was defeated but not destroyed.

II. Body Paragraph One
A. Santiago and Jesus are similar in that they both have some form of stigmata.
B. Stigmata is ...view middle of the document...

C. Jesus and Santiago both have disciples because they both have someone who is following and learn from them. With Jesus, he taught his 11 faithful deciles how to follow God. He taught them to teach others. His disciples are dependent on him because he provides them with the knowledge and guidance to be able to spread the knowledge of God. Santiago has taught Manolin to fish, and in the setting of the novella, fishing is a very be part of the life there. Manolin is dependent on Santiago because without Santiago, Manolin would not know how to fish. Both Jesus and Santiago’s followers are dependent on them, however what both men have in common is that they have taught their followers so that the followers are able to be independent and pass on the knowledge of their teachers.
D. Both Santiago and Jesus have taught a follower that is dependent on him.

III. Body Paragraph Three
A. Both Jesus and Santiago have been destroyed but not defeated.
B. One of the strongest themes from the novella is the idea that a man can be destroyed but not defeated. "A man is not made for defeat...a man can be destroyed but not defeated." (93) is a quote from Santiago when he kills a shark after it mutilated the marlin. Also, in the bible, Jesus is an example of this theme because when he was crucified, he is destroyed. However three days later he shows that he is not...

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