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Different Imagery and Symbolism to Illustrate the Struggles of an Old Man in The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Word Count: 570
The Old Man and the Sea Many themes are present in Hemmingways novel The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway uses wonderful imagery and symbolism to illustrate the struggles of the old man and the fish throughout the story Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated But man is not made for defeat he said A man can be destroyed but not defeated In each of these quotes Hemingway is saying that man can be beaten but not overpowered The old man is a representation of a human A parallel of the struggle Santiago went through could be experienced by anyone The marlin is symbolic of the force pulling against him The great fish is almost like his competitor he has respect for it but also wants to overcome it The sea is a vast playing field on which the struggle takes place but is also the get away or safe haven for the old man to which he looks towards as a good place The reference to the bright cheerful sea-colored eyes leads the reader to believe that the sea is a place that makes the old man happy It is a positive comparison showing his love of the sea and also of the struggle upon it The sharks represent an outside force that cant be helped The sharks are a symbol of lifes mishaps that have no explanation and come about at the worst times Manolin the boy is the old mans outside support his purpose Manolin is the parent that always screams from the sidelines at important and not important soccer games the friend that attends every piano recital even though they hate classical music Manolin is the old mans encouragement strength and his reinforcement Although the old man suffered much loss and bad luck his eyes still shone bright with hope and determination Every day
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