Old Man and the Sea

1339 WordsOct 8, 19996 Pages
	In life, one will go through a number of stages in life. Infancy, Youth , Adulthood, and Old Age are all key stages. As one grows, they mature through these various stages. When one reaches old age, there is often a lot of doubt surrounding their lives. Serenity, and independence are often the two most questioned. These are some questions that Santiago has to ask himself as well. 	In the novel The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway develops the concept of man coming to the realization that as he ages, his dependency on others will increase. The use of metaphor is key in showing how this is indeed true. The struggle with the Tiburon represents the mental struggle that Santiago is having with himself. The…show more content…
He is able to do this because he has gotten the boy interested in Baseball, a sport which is loved by boys. 	The old man realizes that he can no longer live through the boy and he comes to terms with being old. This is shown when he first asks for the boy's help when he is alone. " ‘ I wish I had the boy. ' The old man said aloud. ‘ I am being towed by a fish and I'm the towing bitt. I could make the line fast, but then he could break it. I must hold him all I can and give him line when he must have it. Thank God he is traveling and not going down. ' " [Hemingway 45] 	This shows that Santiago has finally come to the realization that he can no longer do things by himself, rather needs the help of others. This shows that he is now aware that he is no longer independent. 	Throughout numerous parts in the story Santiago is forced to come to the realization that he must depend on others to help him. Specifically in three major areas he is able to see this. The struggle with the Tiburon represents the struggle that Santiago is having with himself because he is forced to admit that he needs help. The Tiburon being a metaphor for his life shows that he can relate to the fish and understands why he must catch him. The boy paralleling Santiago's youth is important because this gives Santiago one last chance to be his own person before having to ask for help.

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