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The Old Man and the Sea is a very interesting book Analysts have broken it down and have come up with several views as to what symbolisms are incorporated in it I personally see mostly Christian symbolism I believe it may be a Christian allegory Here are three obvious and convincing examplesOne of the most obvious Christian symbolisms is when the book describes how Santiagos hat was digging into his head This occurred after he had already hooked the fish He was unable at the time to remove the hat because his hands were needed to hold onto the line This represents how the crown of thorns were placed on Christs head Christ was unable to remove the crown because his hands were nailed to the crossIn the same paragraph we see another Christian similarity symbol relating to Jesus on the cross The book reads He was thirsty too and he got on his knees and being careful not to jerk the line moved as far into the bow as he could get and reached the water bottle with one hand He opened it and drank a little Then he rested against the bow He rested sitting on the un-stepped mast and tried not to think but only to endure This clearly represents Christ on the cross John 28-30 reads After this Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished that the scripture might be fulfilled saith I thirst Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar and they filled a sponge with vinegar and put it upon hyssop and put it to his mouth When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar he said It is finished and he bowed his head and gave up the ghostThe third rather obvious Christian symbolism is the time after Santiago had caught the fish and had gotten home He was trying to carry the mast back to his shack but struggled greatly He fell several times and
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