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The Old Man And The Sea Man Defeated Reading through the novel The Old Man and the Sea one as a reader can perceive several themes in the book Hemingway suggests certain subjects for discussion which built up the whole plot therefore giving us options to choose the one we believe is the main one In the past weeks we have been discussing in a debate which is that main theme My groups theme was Man Defeated and although it is hard to affirm that this theme was the prevailing one of the book we firmly defend it Various arguments were established Some argued that the novels theme was Santiagos struggle the friendship with the fish and other characters Santiagos perseverance and that he really ended up as a triumphant man But to argue that those were also the main themes of the book is also a difficult thing to do Even though Santiago fought and kept on with his struggle to catch the fish he was defeated because he lost it at the end Defeat according to the Larousse Chambers English Dictionary is when you are overthrown in a battle you lose a game and therefore you dont win you dont gain or reach your goal As we can see Santiago in spite of the fact that he persevered and struggled starving for three days lost the battle He couldnt get to his main goal But exactly what was his goal one may ask He wanted the fish he was not fishing as a hobby or sport he planned to sell the fish and get some money to eat it was his way of surviving Santiagos only way of income was fishing and he knew that He mentions He was a fish to keep a man all winterpage 111 Santiago had plans for him already but failed to accomplish them Some will argue that he won because he gained spiritual
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