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In Hemingways novel The Old Man and the Sea there is a common relationship between Santiago and the fish that dealt with respect but the desire to conquer Within this relationship Hemingway describes Santiagos feelings and attitudes toward the fish and how these feelings change At first Santiago was glad he hooked the fish then he felt sorry for the fish and finally he felt guilty for going out so far He describes Santiagos views by using many different stylistic elements such as diction and tone The first stylistic element that Hemingway uses to show Santiagos emotions for the fish is diction Hemingway accomplishes this through the use of opposite words Arent they lovely Eat them good now and then there is the tuna Hard and cold and lovely pg 42 In this quote Hemingway uses contrasting words such as lovely and cold to express Santiagos admiration and desire for the fish As Santiago persuades the fish the words vary The word lovely is best associated with beauty and goodness while cold can be best related to darkness and death Although Hemingway may confuse his audience this use of two contrasting words help to describe Santiagos mixed emotions for the fish Tone is the second stylistic element that Hemingway uses in the passage on pages 41-50 Tone overall is the most important element due to the fact that it effects how the reader perceives the passage Come up easy and let me put the harpoon in you All right Are you ready Have you been long enough at table pg 44 The words used in the previous quote clearly display Hemingways fluctuating tone As Santiagos anxiety increases for the fish so do the words that Hemingway chooses After Santiago kills the fish Hemingway brings the tone down to a calm and subtle level Then he began to pity the great fish that he had hooked He is
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