Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Old Man & The Sea - Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway portrays the Old Man as a crafty, determined fisherman; one who is ultimately in-tune and a part of nature. He completely understands his world, or maybe not understands, but simply knows.
The Old Man goes out on the 85th day of his no-luck fishing streak with an almost uncanny knowledge that he will catch something to make the wait worthwhile.
"Eighty-five is a lucky number," the old man said."How would you like to see me bring in one that dressed out over a thousand pounds?"
He predicts the fish accurately to the weight .Moments before he hooks his catch he mentions how he will do well today.Those levels of accuracy can not come from mere coincidence, but rather came from an experience of knowledge.
The Old Man respects and loves every aspect of nature.The sea itself is female to him, as if that is an expression of his intimacy and closeness with it.
"He always thinks of the sea as la mar which is what people call her in Spanish when they love her."
Fish that the Old Man hunts and catches he treats almost as brothers, and certainly as people.Yet he still hunts them with every last dying breath, as that is the way of the fisherman, the way of the world.he tells of a fish he caught and beat to death while it’s faithful mate stayed nearby the entire time .He feels terrible about such a thing, yet not even a sliver of a thought of not killing this fish even crosses his mind.The best example of his respect is his brotherly love and admiration, which he expresses emotionally towards his catch.
"Fish," he said, "I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day
"The fish is my friend too," he said aloud."I have never seen or heard of such a fish.But I must kill him.the old man somehow captures the fish and comes back to his village with the fish but while getting the fish to the village there were sharks on the way .the old man reaches the village .when the villagers go to see the fish by catching its tail and lifting it up there were only bones left, since the sharks ate the fish .but it still was one of the biggest fishes amongst the villagers that the old man had caught.the old man didnt give up and finally caught a fish which was bigger then anyone's fish of the fisherman.
by -callum pereira
roll no-29

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