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Hemingways novel The Old Man and the Sea has been awarded with Pulitzer and Nobel prizes correspondently in 1953 and 1954 It is considered to be one of the most successful literary works ever written by this writer Though the main plot of the story tells about a Cuban fishermans struggle with marlin the story itself is highly autobiographical and in the background contains many elements taken from the authors life Hemingway uses the character Santiago to portray himself by giving him multiple personal traits To interpret the simple story of Santiago and see how he represents the author one must know the experiences and values of Hemingway Participation in both WW1 and WW2 has heavily influenced him as a person and a book writer War for Hemingway became a symbol of courage honor and great endurance essential for ones survival and well-being in this world The themes of making right decisions under pressure surviving alone in hostile environment and coming out a winner even after loosing a battle can be clearly observed in the book As the author makes Santiago experience these misfortunes he actually tells his lifes story full of tragic and painful moments he had to overcome in order to survive and continue to live Throughout his life Hemingway has always thrived in physical competition One of his lifetime hobbies was Spanish bullfighting in which he saw not only a struggle between a human and a beast but a struggle for life and dominance between nearly equal competitors Always competing in games of strength like wrestling and arm fighting he mostly enjoyed a simple yet so engaging and blood rushing struggle of will of two worthy rivals against one another And the episode when Santiago recalls one of the arm wrestling matches he came out a clear winner after an unimaginable amount of time maybe a little exaggerated probably was taken from the authors life We can clearly see Hemingways life in
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