In the past weeks we have been discussing, in a debate, which is that main theme. Some argued that the novel's theme was Santiago's struggle, the friendship with the fish and other characters; Santiago's perseverance and that he really ended up as a triumphant man. Santiago battles the sharks unsuccessfully. In the beginning, the giant marlin becomes a symbol of the mysterious world of the unknown that challenges everyone. The novel emphasizes strong symbolism featured in the relationships between Santiago and the marlin, as well as those between Santiago and Manolin and Santiago and the sharks.
Despite his stretch of bad luck, Santiago possesses many qualities of traditional heroes. Not even when the sharks rob the old man of his much deserved prize, the symbolic value of the fish does not disappear, as it live on through his skeleton, which they cannot consume. He has gone eighty-four days without catching a fish—he will soon pass his own record of eighty-seven days. Moreover, his use of such symbols advances the plot toward the eventual defeat of Santiago. The sea has such power, each wave coordinately smashing against whatever stands in its way. Although hooked by Santiago, the fish does not panic or dive to the depths. The mutilation of the fish shows the true destructive nature of the sharks.
As Santiago ponders the importance of the most impressive catch in a lifetime of fishing, he thinks upon the fish and says: 'How many people will he feed, he thought. When he finally lies down in his bed, his arms are stretched straight out with palms up, and his hands are bleeding. Hemmingway has constructed the struggle between Santiago and the marlin, his antagonist to symbolize overall themes of strength, perseverance, valor, and defeat. Just like the people who lobbied against Christ, the sharks feel no sympathy for the old man's background, nor are they impressed at the success that he experienced. A hero is defined as a man who is of distinguished courage or admired for his ability and brave deeds.
The first thing that shows us the isolation of the old man is the picture that Hemingway has drawn of the old man's shack. He is a perfect example of a dedicated Christian, given the fact that he remains devoted to his beliefs. Sympathy, persistence, and strength of mind are each characteristic to the animal. Santiago's struggle to subdue the marlin mirrors his internal struggle, and his triumph over the marlin means he is victorious. Santiago starts sailing home, but the bleeding fish carcass, which he has roped to the side of the boat, attracts sharks. The fish symbolizes the ideal opponent for the old man.
In The Old Man and the Sea the story is about Santiago, an old fisherman who sets out one day and catches the fish of a lifetime. Although he returns to Havana without the trophy of his long battle, he returns with the knowledge that he has acquitted himself proudly and manfully. Shovel-Nosed Sharks Arm Wrestle Between the Strongest Black Man The arm wrestling match between Santiago and the strongest black man symbolizes Santiago's strength and commitment. Life from Death Death is the unavoidable force in the novella, the one fact that no living creature can escape. His adventurous life greatly influenced later generations. He created The Old Man and the Sea with hopes that readers would understand what the story symbolizes.
Santiago's greatness when considering its material worth is reduced to zero by the sharks. He is reminded through the story, however, that he was once a strong boy. On the second day after the death of Jesus, his followers awaited his resurrection and prayed. The marlin provides a contrast to the sharks which are unworthy opponents not worth Santiago's efforts. Authors use themes because they want to put the meaning of their story in terms to which a reader can truly relate.
When the lions appear in their adult majesty, they suggest and signify great strength and nobility and provide Santiago with inspiration, a nobility of purpose, and a sense of vitality that goads him toward fulfilling his ambition. Christianity often relates to how people are subjected to a great deal of troubles across their lives. In the novel, Santiago embarks on a sea journey life and encounters a giant marlin treasure. Roman soldiers appointed someone to help him carry his cross. Take a look at paragraphs 76 and 77 on day three right before the memory of arm wrestling. In The Old Man and The Sea, the author uses setting, character and symbolism to show that people who society perceives as different are usually isolated.
You can go a few directions with this. The relationship between the old man and the boy is introduced early in the story. Meanwhile, the villagers see the skeleton and are impressed by its length 18 feet. This is the same amount of time between Jesus being crucified and his triumphant resurrection. Besides that, some other objects that are described in the novel also have their symbolic meanings, such as Manolin, the marlin, the shark, the lion, etc. Santiago could have just caught a fish and then gone back to shore immediately. Resulting in part from the inherent beauty of this unanswerable question, the holy longing to know God has served as the foundation… Symbolism is used to create meaning and emotion as well as to represent a person or an object in a story.
Regarded as one of his most famous works, this story is read in high schools all over America. During the ordeal, Santiago suffers from lacerations on his hands from the fishing line, exhaustion, and doubt in his ability to land the fish. The manhood represented through the figure of the old man is impressive, with his determination knowing no boundaries, as he is ready to go through everything in order to remain faithful to his convictions. Santiago falls back asleep and dreams the same dream that prompted him to go fishing in the first place. Even though Santiago fought and kept on with his struggle to catch the fish, he was defeated because he lost it at the end. Its honorable nature is proven by its behavior, as it does not try to dive to great depths and he wants to continue the fight in the open, with no sign of it being afraid of the consequences. This crucifixion motif presents the mast as something other than the piece of wood that holds Santiago's battered sail.