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Old Man and The SeaIn the novel The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway uses theliterary device of metaphors Hemingway uses the metaphor of the oceanto symbolize life and to depict the role that individuals play in lifeHemingway uses the metaphor of the lions to signify people who livetheir lives as active participants The tourists in the novel representthe individuals who in observe their lives and are not activeparticipants In the novels that Ernest Hemingway writes he usesmetaphors to reflect his life experiences and opinions The ocean inThe Old Man and the Sea is a metaphor which representsHemingways personel view of life Hemingway believes that in lifeeveryone must findtheir own niche and uses the metaphor of the ocean and the boats on itto demonstratethismost of the boats were silent except for the dip of the oarsThey spread apart after they were out of the mouth of the harbour andeach one headed for the part of the ocean where he hoped to find fishThe old man knew he was going far out1page 22Hemingway feels that in life there are people who participate in lifeand people whoobserve life as it passes just like on the ocean where there are boatsthat do not test theirboundaries The boats are the people in life and most of the boats aresilent They paddlewithin the areas they know to be safe and always are cautious not toupset the life thatthey have established for themselves Hemingway is explaining that mostpeople dontraise a commotion they just allow life to happen to them The old manis testing hislimits he is challenging the ocean and rowing where he wants to gonot where the oceanwants to take him Hemingway believes that in life the farther aperson stays from theobservers the more free and exhilarated they will beIf there is a hurricane you always see the signs of it in the sky fordays ahead if you are at sea They do not see it ashore because theydo
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