The Old Man and the Sea
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I read this book for the first time
in high school and I remembered it just as well as if I had
read it yesterday. As I read it again I remembered some of
the same language, especially the old man talking to his
hands. Cursing his left hand when it cramped up on him like
it was a separate part of himself and had a mind of its own
was particularly interesting. We can see immediately in the
beginning of the book that this old man is in a struggle to
catch fish and hasnt done so for eighty four days. He leaves
early on the eighty fifth day and by himself which is important
because it defines the journey. He seems to be the pinnacle
of the Hemingway hero, a culmination of a life time of writing
that comes together in the portrait of Santiago. He is old,
unlucky, humble despite is glorious past of fishing and el
champion, trying to do the most he can from his weathered
body. He has lived so much that he does not need to dwell
on the past events or people he shared it with and is
perfectly happy reading about baseball and dreaming about
lions on the beach in Africa. The struggle between the marlin
is a beautiful depiction of courage and resilience, but I begin
to wonder who is hooked into who. The old man and the
fish are one and their lives become connected through that
line as they live each moment according to the others
actions. Even the old man is not sure who is better, him or
the marlin, and he mentions several times they are not that
different. And whether or not the sharks ate his fish, it only

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