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The Old Man and the Sea The traditional hero is a mythological or legendary figure who is endowed with great strength and ability498 Most often born to the role the heroes skill strength and courage rises above those of ordinary men They are fearless and willing to put others lives before their own In Ernest Hemingways novel The Old Man and The Sea Hemingway introduced a new kind of hero to American Fiction this Hemingway hero is a man of action a warrior and a tough competitor498 The old man Santiago may not look like the typical hero but he is tough and refuses to give up In spite of misfortune the old man withholds the will to continue and the courage to try and overcome what is believed to be impossible He sailed for 83 days without catching a fish He never once gave up and believed that It is better to be lucky But I would rather be exact Then when luck comes you are ready32 He also never took the towns gossip to heart He kept on going no matter what they said about him He showed that humility was not disgraceful and it carried no loss of true pride14 Santiagos pride pressures him to travel dangerously far out into the sea beyond all people in the world 50 to catch the marlin Santiago is a man of triumph who never gives up Santiago is not like the typical heroes that we see on television He in not strong on the outside he is strong from within According to society he is defeated and lost his outer strength but when the Manolin asks Are you strong enough for a truly big fish the old man answers I think so76 The marlin is strong weighs over 1500 pounds and is determined to get away Santiago struggles with it until his hands are cut and bleeding95 His courage is reflected in
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