In Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The Old Man and the Sea, Santiago demonstrates the traits of the code hero. The Hemingway’s code hero covers the principal ideals of honor, courage, and endurance in a misfortune life. Throughout the novel, Santiago shows a contrast between opposite attitudes and values which associate his behavior with the guidelines of the code. In this case, the depiction of conflicting values, such as dignity despite humility, perseverance despite despair, and victory despite defeat are aspects that help to describe and understand the role of Santiago in the novel, and reflect the reason why this character is perfectly suited to the heroic conduct established by Hemingway.
When an old man named Santiago sets out to sea nothing seems to be biting that day until one afternoon, far away from shore. He feels a great tug on his line, and the struggle for dominance begins. The author shows us the old man's perseverance and strength, which becomes even more evident in his epic struggle to capture the titian of all fishes. Marlins grow but the one Santiago catches is colossal. The man respects the fish, and the fish respects the man, and together they fight for two whole days, until one can no longer go on. Santiago struggles for dominance for days while he tries to conquer and tame
“He did not truly feel good because the pain from the cord across his back had almost passed pain and into dullness that he mistrusted.”(74) Once both the fish and Santiago had reached the breaking point of conflict the story seemed to slow down in time to exemplify the adverse conditions that both characters were suffering from. The old man proves himself worthy of personal suffering with the cuts and scars on his hands and back along with all of the pulling and slipping the cords had upon his fragile body. Hemmingway shows in a big way how an out of proportioned conflict with an old fisherman and an 18 foot long marlin helps to magnify the significance of Santiago searching for his rebirth to manhood. With constant abstraction describing the fish and the sea in relation to brotherhood create interesting questions for Santiago to ponder. His rationalization for his fishing is that he was born to do it. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” (103) Hemmingway proves that this fish represents all of Santiago’s built up tension to total the size of a gigantic marlin that is perceived as devastating but not unconquerable. The old man’s hopes and aspirations can overcome the adversity of the marlin’s size, along with the conditions of the old, hungry, and exhausted fisherman. Through outright suffering Santiago achieves a goal above his previous manhood by combating pain and
After 84 days of life, the old fisherman Santiago nothing at all. Alone, poverty, in the face of his own death, San Diego now considered unlucky. So Manolin fishing partner until recently (San Diego and San Diego church since the age of five young people) has always been the parents of the fish ship in another more productive. Every night, though, when San Diego empty-handed again, Manolin told him to help home equipment, to his company, and he brought food.
Another conflict exists between Santiago and the other, younger fisherman. They suppose that Santiago is salao because he has not caught a fish in eighty four days. They are doing no respect him as a result of he is old and unlucky. They do not acknowledge or fear his ability. In fact, they ridicule him. This affects Santiago’s confidence and isolates him more. Santiago doesn't have any friends apart from the boy because no one respects him. Once Santiago comes back from his trip with the large marlin carcass with shark bites in it, they understand that Santiago has nice ability and determination for his age and that they begin to respect him. When the old man tells the story, he reveals that being honored is very important to him. His pride
In the novella, The Old Man and the Sea, Santiago is an unlucky fisherman who has not caught anything in 84 days. Yet he sets out alone on the 85th day to try again. For three days he struggles with a large marlin which he finally kills; but, despite his best efforts, he loses the fish to repeated shark attacks.
Santiago, an old aging Cuban fisherman, could not catch any fish for eighty-four days. He has taught a friend, Manolin to fish. Manolin likes and help the man in return even though they’re not related to each other. On his 85th ensuing day without catching a single fish, he takes his boat out to the Gulf Stream. Suddenly, the marlin jumps out of the water and descends into the water again. That is when Santiago realized that the marlin could easily destroy his boat. After an hour, suddenly 2 mako sharks attack him. Santiago fights the shark and eventually kills them with some struggles. Santiago was very tired after, that he fell asleep. Everyone was admiring him although he lost all the fish. He is the real moral winner, he didn’t stop. This
Life is full of obstacles. The Old man has many, but chooses to push through life. One of his obstacles is the fact that he lives a lonely life. Santiago lost his wife and never remarried. He has no children or family to comfort and support him. The only companion Santiago has is the local boy. The boy is fond of Santiago, but his family is not. The boy’s parent do not think Santiago id good for the boy because the man is unlucky. The boy brings Santiago food and companionship. Even though the boy is a friend to Santiago he still has an empty part that should hold family. The old man continues through life with no wife or children and on to his next journey with the sea.
But what Manolin's parents didn’t know is that being at rock bottom all you can do is come up. That is exactly what Santiago did. He went out into the sea farther than he should have and got the biggest fish he has ever caught in his life. There was an unfortunate turn of events bringing the fish back but he knows that he had reached his goal.
Manolin is very devoted to the old man. Though he is not allowed to go fishing with Santiago, he aids the old man however he can. “’Keep the blanket around you,’ the boy said. ‘You’ll not fish without eating while I’m alive,’” (Hemingway 19). This statement uncovers how much Manolin cares for the old man. Manolin wants to be there for the old man, however difficult it may be for him. The two characters divulge a bond that is unbreakable because of how much they love and care for each other. Though Santiago is not able to fish as well as he used to, Manolin still believes in him. Manolin has faith in Santiago and that is root of their relationship. “’Que va,’ the boy said. ‘There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only you,’” (Hemingway 23). Manolin’s devotion to Santiago highlights the old man’s values and beliefs as a fisherman and as a person. Manolin admires the old man and cannot contain his love for Santiago. He sees himself reflected in Santiago, which is why he has an abundant amount of love for him.
Manolin glanced an unfathomable large fish being reeled out of the water. He thought that his eyes were deceiving him, and ran quickly toward Santiago to get altered to the situation he was oblivious to. When he reached, nothing but the fish’s sand print was visible. By examining Santiago’s lacerations, Manolin had foreseen Santiago’s death aftermath. Albeit the agonizing suffering, Santiago’s inner strength was reflected throughout. He endured the pain and said in a fading voice, “It’s never about others, but the person you”.
The Old Man and The Sea is a story about Santiago, the Old Man. He is seen as a salao, an unlucky person. He loses his partner, a young boy named Manolin, because the boy’s parents want him to catch fish to earn money. The young boy still helps out the Old Man however he can, even though he is on another boat. The Old Man stays optimistic even though it has been 84 days without a fish. He feels as though the 85th day is the lucky one. The boy helps him catch sardines for bait the night before, then they sleep. In the morning the Old Man wakes the boy, the boy helps him prepare for his voyage. The boy wishes him the best of luck. The Old Man is only in a small boat called a skiff, but he still does farther out than most fishermen go even in
And so, the ocean can be considered cruel. As it gifts an old man nothing. But the ocean is incapable of sympathy, it and the creatures living in it are a force of nature. Santiago states it himself skill and luck is needed to survive. He has become the laughingstock of his town, and as a fisherman, you live and die by the trade.
While other fishermen reel in boatloads of fish, the old man is lucky to feel so much as a tug on his line. He spends some time fishing with a young boy, but after months of bad luck, the boy’s parents no longer allow him to fish with the old man. It is for this reason that he decides to journey far out into the sea, aiming to catch a fish so huge it renders the other fishermen speechless. After venturing miles away from the course, the old man finally feels the pull of a large fish on his line; so large, in fact, that he does not have the strength to reel it in. However, he is determined to capture it no matter how long it takes, telling himself, “You better be fearless and confident yourself, old man” (Hemingway 84). He does his best to remain strong and optimistic throughout his time at sea. With much patience, he allows the marlin to guide his boat through the rippling waves of the ocean for days on end. When it finally tires out, he is able to kill it and reel it in, leaving an accumulation of blood in its place. Knowing this could mean trouble, he begins to head back to shore as quickly as possible, blood trailing behind him. To his dismay, despite his efforts to avoid them, the sharks sense the blood in the water and approach his boat. Each time a shark appears, he is eventually able to fight it off, but not before it can take a portion
One of the predominate dreams that Santiago has during the book takes place on the coast of Africa with lions playing around with each other. The book tells us this is the only dream he has and the dream connect Santiago with memories of his childhood. Like the lions, Santiago is a hunter at heart with him being a fisher. But since his dream depicts the lions playing instead of hunting, the dream serves as a break from the real world.In the Old Man of the Sea, one of the main themes in the book is modernism. One of the characteristics of modernism found in the book is when Santiago is stuck on the boat while he is fishing. It is only him and his thoughts and the readers get to read everything. Through his thoughts we are able to understand how he feels. Despite the the fish Santiago