Symbolism Of The Old Man And The Sea

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Symbolism in The Old Man and the Sea Symbolism, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is defined as “the art or practice of using symbols especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or by expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representations. This means that any living or non-living object can be visualized as a symbol of something significant. Symbolism, however, used in a piece of literature, is something that makes the story more passionate, more intense, and more meaningful to both the writer and the reader. Ernest Hemingway did justice in his simple use of symbolism, as if it were almost natural. In the short novel, The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway uses symbolism, “tempting others to extravagances of their own,” according to Arthur Waldron, testifying the movement in this piece by Hemingway (85). The symbolism found throughout The Old Man and the Sea suggests the hidden truth of the novel: life. Love, a word which is found throughout The Old Man and the Sea, symbolizes the many relationships not only in the book but also in Hemingway’s life. The inspiration Hemingway had to write this short novel came from a woman named Adriana Ivancich, on her visit to see the writer in Cuba in the late 1950s (Voss). Hemingway’s love for Ivancich went on for many years, that he also exposed it in one of his previous works, Across the River and into the Trees (Voss). For this connection Hemingway had for Ivancich, there is no doubt…

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