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Responsibility, Journey And Rebirth In Ernest Hemmingway's Old Man And The Sea

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INTRO In Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemmingway, Santiago expressed Accepting Responsibility, Journey and Rebirth. Even though some may disagree, there was evidence on how he displays this. He shows accepting responsibility by Manolin not being able to fish with him, how to improve bad things and how he must work hard to show his example to Manolin. The Old Man was shown rebirth by his future plans, the travelers and the ending with him dreaming. Santiago’s journey was effected by how far he went out, his hands and the sharks eating the Fish. (BODY PARAGRAGH 1) Santiago accepts his responsibility for his life and fishing actions whether it’s at home or on the voyage. Santiago goes 84 days without catching a fish and after the first 40 days Manolin’s parents will no longer let him fish with him, mainly because he is considered the biggest form of unlucky. On page 10 “I could go with you again. We’ve made some more money.” The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy had loved him. “No” the old man said. “You are with a lucky boat. Stay with them.” This shows that Santiago takes ownership for not catching fish. This is relevant because not only is he claiming the responsibility It shows that he wants the best for Manolin and respects Manolin’s parents’ wishes. Additionally Santiago says “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” (103) This proves that he accepts that bad things happen and that they destroy him, but at the end he is not
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