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The Merchant Of The Old Man And The Sea

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What is the role of the sea in The Old Man and the Sea? The rich waters of the Gulf Stream provides many animals/figures that the old man observes and greets. Through Santiago’s interactions with these figures, his character emerges. In fact, Santiago is so connected to these waters, which he thinks is cheerful as a sometimes fickle lover, that the sea acts almost like a lens through which the reader views his character. Santiago’s interaction with the weary warbler, for instance, shows not only his kindness but also, as he thinks about the hawks that will inevitably hunt the tiny bird, a philosophy that takes over the structures of his life. His strength, resolve, and pride are measured in terms of how far out into the gulf he sails. Santiago is considered by many readers to be a tragic hero, in that his greatest strength, his pride leads to his eventual downfall. Discuss the role of pride in Santiago’s troubles. At first, Santiago’s troubles seems rather hopeless. He has gone eighty-four days without catching a fish, and he is the laughingstock of his small village. Regardless of his past, the old man determines to change his luck and sail out farther than he or the other fishermen ever have before.The fact that he’s going hunting where the big fish are truly shows his commitment. Later, after the sharks have destroyed his prize marlin, Santiago chastises himself for his hubris, claiming that it has ruined both the marlin and himself. Yet, Santiago’s pride also enables
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