The Old Man And The Sea

1154 Words Apr 8th, 2015 5 Pages
The sea in a way is like a living being. The way it rhythmically carries itself, showing all of its majestic beauty. The sea has such power, each wave coordinately smashing against whatever stands in its way. Sea erosion, most commonly known as coastal erosion, is the slow process of wave action constantly shaping and reshaping the coastlines of our world. In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway portrays nature as a continuum-an endless progression of the invention and destruction which is ultimately balanced in perfect unanimity. Within this continuum in each living thing pursues its destiny set forth by the laws of nature. Thus, Santiago like the coastlines is molded by the seas into the expert seaman, able to read the sea, sky, and its respective creatures that make the old man a champion among fisherman. Hemingway’s short fiction is quite simple. A Cuban fisherman, Santiago, after eighty four days’ fished a very big marlin, approximately “eighteen feet from nose to tail,” but in all its size it took the old man three days to conquer his brother (122). On his way home, he and the marlin were attacked and although the old man fought furiously against the sharks, he was not victorious in warding off the thousands of frenzied razors. It can be interpreted that the marlin is the antagonist, but in fact the marlin is a companion and a similar character to the old man, revealed by his thoughts on the voyage, “Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or…

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