The Old Man And The Sea

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Ernest Hemmingway and Amitav Ghosh, both having completely different writing styles and ideas, seem to have an underlying similarity in how they view leadership and heroism. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway and Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh both show internal battles and undeniable fate within characters throughout each novel. In The Old Man and the Sea Hemmingway uses Santiago, the old Cuban fisherman, to represent internal transformation, renewed life, triumph, and defeat. Ghosh also represents similar struggles through one of the most prominent characters, Deeti. Hemmingway and Ghosh seek to first surpass and overcome internal struggle, secondly show leadership through the toughest situations, and lastly the realization of life itself. Though many different things can be deciphered through each novel, both try to take the reader through a journey of tranquility and distress making each character the leaders and heroes that we see them as. These novels, seemingly nothing alike, both have similar conflicting issues that make them similar. Overcoming internal struggle is what both novels surround themselves in. Starting from the beginning in The Old Man and the Sea Santiago, an old Cuban fisherman, set sail an uncertain fishing trip of a lifetime. Internally batting his age, and health it seemed predestined that he would leave in defeat. Manolin, Santiago’s beloved friend and protégé, saw Santiago as confident, strong, and a fearless leader. Idolizing Santiago
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