Ernest Hemingway 's The Old Man And The Sea

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Some believe to live is to endure, and in Ernest Hemingway 's "The Old Man and the Sea" This idea is explored in a simplistic style of writing called "Iceberg Theory," a style unique to Hemingway. In this powerful, yet simple novel Ernest Hemingway eloquently portrays the hardships of the average man. "Old Man and the Sea" is based on an old man named Santiago and his battle with a giant Marlin in the middle of the sea. The old man 's experience with the marlin is one of misfortune, pride, and accomplishment all joined into one enthusiastic battle for life itself. Hemingway uses this battle as a symbol for the everyday struggles of a man and the conflicts a man may experience throughout his life. A use of symbolism that is an example of the struggles a man may face is when Santaigo reflects on his only friend, Manolin. Many times throughout the old man 's fishing trip, Santiago thinks to himself that he should have brought Manolin with him. He believes that he needs the young boy 's strength to reel in the giant Marlin, this is reflected in this quote: "But you haven’t got the boy he thought. You have only yourself, and you had better work back to the last line now, in the dark, and cut it and hook up the two reserve coils." (1.) This quote is symbolic for making due with what you have in life, no matter how bad things may seem. The old man is on his own and he must struggle greatly to catch the mighty fish without the boys help. Some people in life don 't get the easy…
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