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An Analysis of the Theme of Avoiding Death in A Farewell to Arms and The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
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IMans duty or obligation to avoid death at all costs acceptable actionaCritics say that rain in A Farewell to Arms represented death an sh dying and then being eaten in The Old Man and The Sea represents death They go on to say that in both the representatives of death the characters maintained dignity and honorbSantiago is not faced with his own death in this book but rather the death of the fish and the death of the sharks When the sharks are eating his catch he acts acceptably and honorably by defending his catchcHenry always acts acceptable when faced with death He thinks quickly and acts reasonably For example when he is faced with being killed by his fellow d the fi soldiers he thinks quickly and decides to jump into the river to avoid deathIIMans duty or obligation to avoid death at all costs fearaCritics say that Henry acted on impulse and avoided death in many instances as Santiago took all the measured he could to save the marlin from being eaten Both times the characters have a fear of the death facing them but they are not afraid of the death Rather they are bold and audacious in how they go about trying to avoid itbSantiago is faced with the marlin being destroyed but considers it his duty to save the great fish He truly believes he has to try to save it He respects the power of the sharks but is not afraid of themcHenry does many drastic things in A Farewell to Arms He jumps into a river hides in a trench and leaves the country His only goal in doing all of these things is to avoid death Yet while he has a sort of reverence to death he is not afraid of it everIII Mans duty or obligation to avoid death at all costs intellectual realizationaCritics say that both Santiago and Henry understood what they fought for They
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