An Old Fisherman in The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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He started off his writing career in high school, when he was writing sports articles for the high school newspaper. From there, he moved on to writing for the Kansas City Star, where he learned to write in his unique short sentences, declarative, writing style. From journalism, Hemingway moved on to the military life and met a nurse in Milan that was his inspiration for “A Very Short Story”, and “A Farewell to Arms”. After his recovery, Hemingway moved on to Europe. Further down the road, Hemingway wrote “The Old Man and the Sea (1951)”, which would earn him the Pulitzer prize in 1951. In 1954, Hemingway earned the Nobel Prize for Literature. Soon after, Hemingway wrote “A Moveable Feast”. On the morning of July 2, 1961, Hemingway committed suicide in his Idaho home. Certainly Hemingway had his fair share of problems, but we will soon see what one of the greatest writers had to say about an old man in a vast sea.

In “The Old Man and the Sea”, we are told a story of an old fisherman named Santiago that has an 84 day run of bad luck which includes Santiago not being able to catch fish and the loss of Santiago’s fishing mate, Manolin. As the story progresses, Santiago heads far out to fish and ends up hooking the biggest fish of his career, an eighteen foot marlin. After a day of eating raw fish, immense soul searching, and marlin wrestling,…
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