Achieving a Goal in In The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

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When one is extremely dedicated, he might be more likely to achieve his goals. Santiago remains devoted to catching fish, which helps him to reach his aspirations. In The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, Santiago shows dedication to overcoming his struggle with fish through the pain he suffers, the long journey taken, and the time without fish. Being dedicated to achieving one’s dreams, despite excessive amounts of pain suffered, can help to ensure success. Santiago experiences extreme amounts of pain, yet he still remains devoted to catching fish: “He leaned back against the line and now it burned his back and his left hand, and his left hand was…cutting badly” (Hemingway 82). Santiago puts up with excessive amounts …show more content…

Santiago experiences an omnibus journey to catch the fish where he encounters many dangerous animals through undulated waters. He “started to climb again and at the top he fell and lay for some time with the mast across his shoulder. He tried to get up. But it was too difficult. He sat there with the mast on his shoulder and looked at the road.” (Hemingway 121) Santiago cannot alleviate his pain after the debilitating journey with the fish. He collapses multiple times because of the extremely difficult journey he endured. Santiago’s refusal to give up on catching the fish means that he is very dedicated to his job as a fisherman. When one is ambitious toward achieving his goals, he will be more likely to attain these goals. Moreover, Santiago demonstrates his ambition to catching the fish when he says “‘I’ll fight them until I die’” (Hemingway 115). Santiago says that he will fight the sharks until he dies. This means that he will die trying to fight off the sharks to protect the fish that he fought so hard to catch over the long journey. After catching the fish Santiago still remains dedicated to protecting it from the sharks, even after the extenuating journey. This proves that Santiago realizes that being devoted to his mission of catching the fish will help him to acquire this goal. Even when one faces obstacles, if he remains dedicated to achieving

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