The Old Man And The Sea Compare And Contrast Essay

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“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self” Ernest Hemingway. The Old Man and the Sea By: Ernest Hemingway and Between the World and Me By: Ta-Nehisi Coates are very similar in many different ways. The comparison of each book is shown well in the setting, theme, and in Symbolism. In the setting, both books provide that the main character is a “little fish in a big sea”. What that means is that the setting is very large. The character is only a small part of the area but is trying to make a difference. In Hemingway’s Novella, he says that the setting takes place in Havana, Cuba. This place is where the main character, Santiago lives. What could be said as the real…show more content…
It has more force in the evening too. But in the morning it is painful.” The weakness of Santiago really defines how he takes on fighting the marlin. One other thing that shows his suffering is the loss of the marlin to the sharks when Santiago was on his way back to Havana after catching the marlin. Coates way of showing suffering is in how everybody around him would have the ruthless, hatred of African Americans. How all these people would do anything to annihilate them at all costs. Coates really shows how he feels all of the whites treat him. One thing that coates shows is how Prince Jones was shot and killed to death. This really affected Coates and really changed his as a person and as a man after Jones’ death. Both the books show how suffering can really change a character for the better or for the worse. Symbolism is shown for each novel in The Marlin in The Old Man and the Sea and Race in Between the World and Me. The symbols are something that someone reallys want to get. They have working for something of this value for their whole lives. The Marlin is this magnificent creature that every fisherman only dreams of catching. Once Santiago finally catches this fish, he almost thinks of the fish as a brother. He was with the fish 2 straight days, in that time, all he was doing is trying to reel in this beast of a fish. He felt like this fish was one of the closest things that he has ever had to him before. In Between the World and Me, a
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