The Old Man And The Sea

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Ernest Hemingway is one of the greatest writing icons of the early to mid 20th century. Known mainly for his success in writing the critically acclaimed novel, The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway had many symbolic meanings instituted throughout this novel and many other works. Many having the theme of a hero confronting a natural force, as seen when Santiago confronts the mighty sea. Along with the heroic themes, Hemingway had become a religious Catholic man growing up and decided to include many religious references and biblical allusions. Since the beginning of his writing career, he has been putting these allusions and important uses of the bible into his work. Critics of these works such as, "The Old Man and the Sea," have discovered and have been aware of these references and parallels for some time. Some critics have always believed these biblical allusions to be just coincidence or false. Evidence will be shown of these writings and analyzed to show how they translate to not only to the book but also to Hemingway’s life. Almost 20 years of Hemingway 's life was spent living in Cuba. He often visited Cojimar, which was the village that "The Old Man and the Sea" took place in. Hemingway spent much time shark and marlin fishing while staying in Cuba. His inspiration for writing his novel were the tireless fishermen that enduring so many obstacles and struggles everyday just to get by. This shows the spirit of the individual as having virtues of determination as well as…

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