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This book is a critical interpretation of the classic novel, The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. On the surface, The Old Man And The Sea is a story about a struggling fisherman. Upon closer examination, readers will soon discover that the story is about a man's perseverance to overcome his struggles.
In this classic and widely popular tale, Hemingway depicts mankind's classic struggle, man versus fate. In the story, the sea represents all of the tragedies and triumphs experienced by Santiago. He must look deep within himself and gather all the strength and courage required to go into the sea and capture fish.
The novel begins with the explanation that Santiago hasn't caught any fish in 84 days. On the 85th day, he decides to venture out and try his luck at fishing. Despite his advanced age, he gathers his courage from the heroes of his youth, and continues forward. As soon as Santiago paddles out to his location, he sets up his fishing lines, and patiently waits. Lady luck smiles and a large fish latches on to his bait.
Santiago is sure it is a marlin, and he is amazed by the large size of the fish since it starts pulling his boat. For over two days and nights, the fish and Santiago are caught in the classic battle of man versus nature.
The Old Man And The Sea is Hemingway's most famous works. In 1953, the book was awarded the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction. In 1954, Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize For Literature.