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The Old Man and the Sea- Change Change in all things is sweet Aristotle was right when he uttered the words that lived on as this inspirational quote When the attitudes of people your surroundings or yourself take an unexpected turn you usually end up finding out subsequently why changes in your life truly happen Aside from the confusion and pain that primarily goes with it change is an unintentional yet vital lesson on how to endure what life hands you In Hemmingways novel The Old Man and the Sea Santiago and Manolin both go through quite a transformation as the boy emerges into the man he aspires to be and Santiago learns to except his fate Once El Champion of the village Santiago returns fish-less from an 84 day stretch of fishing over the vast ocean He is left in an unfortunate reality that hes not who he once was There was no cast net and the boy remembered when they had sold it But they went through this fiction everyday There was no pot of yellow rice and fish and the boy knew this too 16 To keep his pride and in almost denial the old deteriorating fisherman pretends there is a meal ready to eat in the presence of the boy when there isnt a freshly caught fish in a 10 mile radius of the dilapidated shack Its hard to accept that the fishing glories from the past are but a memory for Santiago as he welcomes poverty with humble hands The phrase Nobody loves you when youre down and out depicts the relationship regarding Santiago with the town perfectly When he was catching great fish and winning arm wrestling matches at local pubs the town could do nothing but respect him But even knowing of his destitution bad luck and old-fashioned ways the townspeople just scowl and taunt him The once well respected man
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