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Throughout time man will face difficulties he cannot overcome Although man will attempt to overpower and outsmart forces he cannot control they will always and forever defeat him no matter the size of the struggle For example as man has grown he has tried to predict and control the forces of nature However as displayed by Santiago the main character of Ernest Hemingways The Old Man and the Sea courage intelligence and strength even when combined cannot defeat a powerful force such as nature Santiago cannot win at sea at the hands of the marlin and the sharks The same applies to society and mans own mind and thoughts--he is never able to rise above both when it is essential to his survival as displayed by Santiagos struggles at sea and in his own town due to his poverty Although Santiago fought with an effort that is immeasurable his opponents--nature society and himself--overpower him easily and attack him without mercy By analyzing Santiagos struggles with the marlin and the sharks and the unloading of his boat and the return to his shack in The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway one may suggest that they symbolize a losing struggle between man and nature society and himself Although Santiago put up a valiant effort at sea nature ends up defeating him The marlin gives him the toughest fight as well as the most problems Santiago fights for three days and nights against the marlin attempting to pull it in During this battle nature defeats Santiago through bodily afflictions During his three day struggle with his future prize Santiago goes from strong to weak considerably quick In his first hours of fighting with the marlin Santiago says to himself I have no cramps and I feel strong Hemingway 46 Within the next twelve hours Santiago becomes angry because his left hand has become cramped and will not open He goes on to talk with himself
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