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OldThis part of the story has to do with Santiago against nature and the sea. Inthis part of the story, he goes out and fights nature in the form of terribleforces and dangerous creatures, among them, a marlin, sharks and hunger.
Hestarts the story in a small skiff and moves out in a journey to capture a fishafter a long losing streak of eighty-four days. Unfortunately his friend mustdesert him due to this problem and a greater force, his parents. Santiago mustgo out into the danger alone.
For three harsh days and nights he fights a fishof enormous power. This is the second form of nature he must conquer. Earlier inthe story, the first part of nature is himself, for which he must fight off hishunger. This is a harsh part of the story. He manages though to get a few bitesin the form of flying fish and dolphin of which he would like to have salt on.This part of the story tells of a cold and harsh sea, that is, one that hasvalue and mystery as well as death and danger.
It has commercial value as wellas the population of life in it. It is dark and treacherous though, and everyday there is a challenge. A similar story tells about a tidal pool with lifecalled ‘Cannery Road’. This part of the story has to deal with figures ofChrist. It mainly deals with Santiago as being a figure of Christ and othercharacters as props, that is, characters which carry out the form of biblicalthemes.
On the day before he leaves when he wakes up, Manolin, his helper, comesto his aid with food and drink. Also a point that might be good is that he hashad bad luck with his goal for a great period of time and is sure it will workthis time. Later, though, when Santiago needs him for the quest he sets out todo, Manolin deserts him, although he may not have wanted to at this time. In thenovel Santiago comes upon a force bigger than his skiff, the marlin whichmisleads him out far past his intended reach. This is where he starts to losehis strength against something which seems a greater force. Santiago has astruggle of three days, which is significent because of the three days inEaster, and continues to fight on though his goal may not aquire anything. Thisis another idea through which Christ did, a struggle to get a goal done eventhough it may mean certain destruction to himself.
This might accomplish nothingbut the satisfaction of doing this and also has great risks. Finally he comesupon a painful experience with his hand which is in great pain and won’t move.This is useful in the place where Christ loses his physical self and has less todeal with. On the third day, he recovers himself and returns to his home eventhough his only remaining treasure was a broken skiff, experience, and a torn upmarlin.
And in the final conclusion, you can see him dragging the mast of hisskiff, a cross-like object, in his hand. This story has a certain sequence ofevents, first it has a hunter vs. his prey. This hunter does respect th e prey.
Throughout the book it has this series of events: encounter, battle, defeat, andrespect for the prey. This is Hemmingway’s ‘Code of Honor’. This part of thenovel has to do with relationships between two characters. The first to discussare Santiago and Manolin, Manolin being the small follower of the old man namedSantiago. Manolin is a small person that follows Santiago and listens to hiswisdom. They treat each other unfriendly though for Manolin calls the Santiago’old man’ and he calls Manolin ‘boy’ which seems to be absurd. In that situationI would consider both of them to go see a doctor.
The next relationship to talkabout would be that between Santiago and the village, which seems to be muchbetter. He is given credit for food and he also is waiting to show his greatnessto the villageby catching a great fish as soon as he can. His thought on that,though, is that any fisherman can ctach it during the easy season but only a fewcan go out and catch one during the hard season. He has no consideration for theluck, and would rather try to fish through being exact rather than being lucky.The other relationship in this story has to do with Manolin and his parents.Manolin seems to be very rebellious against his parents, although he does submitto their demands.
Santiago’s greatest link to the village is the boy. Santiagomay be poor in the story, yet is proud. This story when compared to beingimaginative is good, but in real life is somewhat of a ‘Fish Story’. The partwhere an old man being able to load in a ton of fish is very unimaginable. Thescenario, though, is very interesting for the part of the old man. He goes outall alone into the depths of the ocean without an idea for what is in store.
This story has good points, for when it comes to the better parts of the story,it emphasizes by placing in mind step by step of the way he does certainactions. The part of the story which, to the best of my belief, had no part orreference in the story was the dream of lions on a beach of Africa, which thisfisherman probably had never even visited much less seeing lions on a beach.This was like most stories in the main plot.
First characters are introduced,then a threat reveals itself, showing true natures of all the characters, andfinally the threat is fought off or it remains, leaving the reader in suspense.This had a good plot but needed more to go on in my opinion. Hemingway’s strongparts of this story are emphasized on vocabulary. He probably learned thesefisherman terms for he once was a fisherman in Cuba.
There is one problem tothis, though. Throughout the story he uses these terms over and over althoughthe ordinary person, like me, would forget them after the first use of them andunfortunately he doesn’t ever re-coin the terms again throughout the book. Somevocabulary he uses stands for sharks or the sea itself. Others he uses for bait.The main idea though in this part is to let the reader get the feel for thelife, setting and character of the fisherman himself.
This is a great move toplace yet is also very hard to co-exist with the average reader. This has somegood points, though, and among them is review. The reader must review the storyand skim it in order to rethink the concept of the word. Then he or she mustreturn to the current position in the book and place it into the text. Theconcept of vocabulary is a standard not to live by, and should not be placedinto most books unless the terms are to be used many times throughout the book.
Hemingway has merged three themes already mentioned above successfully unto thisbook. Among them are figures of Christ, Nature (the sea), and a code of honor.This was challenging. The obvious ones were nature, it’s cruelty and compassion.Nature caused his hand pain yet healed it, caused hunger yet satisfied it, andgave the fish yet reclaimed it. This is the way nature works.
Nature is actuallymore luck than a set of rules, for it can shift back and forth with the greatestof ease. The second theme, religion, could not be easily pulled from the text.The best clue to where it happens is the falls of Santiago as well as hiscarrying the mast. This symbolizes the end of Christ, although Santiago on theother hand is just retiring for the night. But it could be interpreted as theend of the book for which it is. The code of honor is not actually probably thehardest to interpret.
It can only be pulled from context, which is the hardestto do. It has mainly to do with the rise, battle and fall of the prey andrespect following. The problem in this is that Santiago was at fault forexpanding out so far, and it was dangerous.
This is similiar to the book AJourney to the Center of the Earth, which I recently read.