My sister suffered when no one was around to help her. She managed to grab cashews, on the top shelf of our pantry. My sister is severely allergic to these crescent shaped nuts. It was five minutes before we found her; she was red, swelling, and her throat was starting to close. Everyone in the house was panicking, trying to fix the problem at hand. We had to use an EpiPen and 2 doses of Benadryl to quell the effects. Similar to how my sister suffered, so did Santiago without the assistance of Manolin. In Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, not having Manolin’s help out at sea causes the most suffering in Santiago’s life. Without Manolin’s presence, Santiago has no company, many difficult tasks, and sustains many injuries from the excursion.
Throughout the entire novel Santiago is faced with seemingly impossible task. The only way he ever accomplished them is by trying his best. When Santiago is first robbed in Tangier he is forced to work in a crystal shop to earn back enough money. When he first begins working the shop isn't doing so well and enough money isn't coming in. He tries his best to pitch ideas to the owner and does as much as he can to earn back what he's lost. After over a year of working hard he finally turned back more than enough. As Santiago travels through the desert to get to the pyramids he runs into an enemy tribe and is held captive. The chief tells Santiago that in order to escape he must turn himself into the wind. Although it seems impossible Santiago receives help from the desert, the wind, and the sun. He tried his best to turn himself into the wind and he succeeded, after everything was taken from him he tried his best to gain it all back and in return he gained more.
The tone of the story is uplifting. Throughout the story, Santiago faces many struggles but he never gives up. “‘Never stop dreaming,’ the old king had said. ‘Follow the omens’” (Coelho
What makes a hero be a hero? A hero has to have certain characteristics, such as; bravery, wisdom, etc. No matter what characteristics are pointed out, every story has a hero, or an archetypal hero. From a short stories to really long novels, you will have some type of hero. In the novel The Alchemist, the main character Santiago is a hero. The book is about how everyone should live their dreams and never give up on them. It follows a young man named Santiago who is following his own dream, or his own “Personal Legend”. It follows him and his struggles to achieve said Personal Legend. Santiago is a hero because he is wise, kind, and brave; He is also a hero because he displays characteristics of an archetypal hero..
There is never a simple key to any writer worth much attention, but in the case of Hemingway there is something that looks so like a key… that it cannot escape any informed and thoughtful reader’s notice" (O’Conner 153). Ernest Hemingway was one such author. Very rarely did he summarize statements, therefore the only way to solve his puzzle was to take it apart and examine each components. One of the hidden elements that the reader must analyzie closely is the parallel between Santiago and Jesus Christ. In the novel, The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway creates connections between Santiago and Jesus Christ that adds religious coloration to the story.
The third and fourth obstacle Santiago faces is his fear of defeat and realizing his dream. For example, “They made him continue digging, but he found nothing. As the sun rose, the men began to beat the boy. He was bruised and bleeding, his clothes torn to shreds, and he felt death was near.” The obstacle he defeated was the fear of defeat people will meet on the journey to fulfilling our destiny. People have to be patient in difficult times and know that the universe is conspiring in our favor, even if some do not know. Santiago had patience and allowed the men to beat him. Because of his patience they eventually left him alone
Sometimes people have to do sacrifices, which appears in the rising action of the book. “‘Fish,’ he said, ‘I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before the day ends’” (Hemingway 54). Why did he have to kill it? Why couldn’t he hold on a little longer? Santiago sacrifices the fish for his self interest. In spite of the fact that he respects the fish, the old man’s determination reflects his belief that his purpose in life is to be a fisherman, and that comes first. As well, Santiago advises himself that he doesn't have Manolin, his beloved companion, with him and must battle against the fish by himself. It has been four struggling days of being pulled by the huge marlin, Santiago decided that that was enough. Even though
Another component that stood out in the novel to make Santiago’s death appear evident was his image as a Christ figure. There were multiple times in the book that Hemingway compared Santiago to Christ. For example, when Santiago returns to shore, “he shouldered the mast and started to climb (121)”. This is similar to when Christ carried the cross bar on his shoulders up to Calvery. Santiago fell three times on his way back to his hut, as did Christ. Hemingway’s comparison of Santiago to Christ implies that Santiago will die just like Christ did.
In the novel "The Alchemist", Santiago is a young shepherd in search of his personal legend. To find your personal legend you need to have qualities like intelligence, understanding, and perseverance. The quality that is key to success is perseverance. Perseverance is doing something despite the difficulty in achieving success. Through searching, for his personal legend, he has gone through many obstacles like losing his sheep, crossing the desert, and turning himself into the wind. He persevered through it all and found his personal legend.
A Spaniard named Pedro de Valdivia, a distinguished officer of Francisco Pizarro's army, got permission to settle the land south of Peru. When Valdivia started his journey he had little to no ammunition and only 10 soldiers. Before he got to Aconcagua Valley his band grew to 150 men, here in Aconcagua Valley, he founded Santiago de la Neuva on February 12, 1541. Although, there was fire, native attacks, and famine to the people of the
Santiago is a shepherd boy who finds enough courage in himself to follow his heart and his long awaiting dream. Santiago is conflicted between either to follow is heart or his mind. He acknowledges that if he follows his mind and becomes a shepherd boy for the rest of this life the agonizing pain of “What if...” would haunt him for the rest of his existence. However if he follows his heart then the question of “What if….’ would be answered and he would realize the fate of his future. The Alchemist "The fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself... no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams. 134 Santiago is torn between taking risks or staying safe, he is frightened that if he takes a risk than he will suffer.
This is clearly shown in the following which quotes, “The old man’s head was clear and good now and he was full of resolution but he had little hope. It was too good to last, he thought. He took one look at the great fish as he watched the shark close in. It might as well have been a dream, he thought. I cannot keep him from hitting me but maybe I can get him. Dentuso, he thought. Bad luck to your mother (Hemingway 101).” This quote clearly showed luck, with Santiago’s final resolution being bad luck. However, if readers look at the bigger picture, it’s apparent that perseverance was the primary theme in the story. This is because regardless of what he went through, Santiago continued to push through all obstacles.
The forces of the universe have crucified both Santiago and the marlin. We see this when Santiago carries his mast cross-like to his shack and the author's description of his exhausted repose "face down on the newspapers with his arms out straight and the palms up" (Hemingway 122). Yet, through this struggle, through this pride that made him go far out beyond all people, Santiago learns the meaning of life in a meaningless universe is humility and love. We see this expressed most clearly in his mentor-like relationship with Manolin. Human solidarity and interdependence may not make a man any more capable of beating the forces of the universe, but they are sustaining as much as the courage and dignity with which Santiago faces life "the boy keeps me alive, he thought. I must not deceive myself too much" (Hemingway 106). Before coming to shore, Santiago recognizes he has gained humility and he is loved. He is appreciative the other fishers will worry about him. They bring him food and newspapers to
The greatest key takeaway that we found is given by Melchizedek. His point was to never give up. No matter how hard a situation “may be, give it your all. It may be hard at first, but as time continues on one will see that it gets easier and feel a sense of reward”. That is how Santiago felt. There is a variety of reasons why Santiago could have not followed his dream, but he does. He travels from city to city in search of this great treasure. During his journey he had many different people help him along the way. This story shows how a person could gain from a journey while still following a dream.
“Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated”Hemingway develops Santiago as a hero in order to show how fragile things can be strong in the inside.Even Though santiago seemed like a weak old man, while he was alone at sea trying to catch a fish;he demonstrates how strong,positive,and undefeated he is.