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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway is a storyabout a seemingly defeated fisherman named Santiago The bookbegins by explaining Santiagos misfortune of fishingeighty-four days without catching a single fish He is a veryexperienced fisherman who knows all the tricks to fishing Heshares his methods with a young boy named Manolin He considersManolin as not only a student but alsolike a son As Santiagosets sail to one of his biggest adventures yet we find out alot about the main character Ernest Hemingway portraysSantiago as a prime example of Hemingway Hero A Hemingwayhero is defined by certain characteristics of a man or womanCourage confidence and being fearless are just some of thesequalities Santiago is not only an example of a HemingwayHero but also a complete version of Maslows Hierarchy ofNeeds This is a pyramid of multiple levels that describe acomplete man At the end of the pyramid a man must come toself-actualization and fulfillmentHemingway defined the code hero as a man who lives correctlyfollowing the ideals of honor courage and endurance in a worldthat is sometimes chaotic often stressful and always painfulThe main character of The Old man and the Sea Santiago hasalready achieved this accolade before the story even beginsAlthough it is an odd way to approach such a concept whenreading further on in the book you begin to understand how thisis so The book demonstrates all his heroic qualities inmultiple adversities The community that he lives in alreadyrespects him for not what he is currently doing but the factthat when he was in his prime he was the definition of afishermen In the beginning of the book you learn that Santiagohas not caught a fish in the pasty eighty four days Instead ofbeing flustered in such a dire situation he prepares for thenext day believing his streak will end Santiago does not mindgoing to the dangerous areas of the sea if this meansfulfilling his goals When he does fufill his goal and
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