This is a quick summary and analysis of "The Old Man and the Sea" by Hemingway. This channel discusses and reviews books, novels, and short stories through drawing...poorly.
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This is a story about an old fisherman who is on somewhat of an unlucky streak. The only other fisherman who still believes in him is a young boy who has helped him fish in the past. The boy often takes care of the old man, who lives in a shack and often goes hungry.
The old man goes out, as he does every day, and tosses his line over the edge of the boat. He waits until something sharp pulls on the line. The fish is so strong that it begins to pull the boat.
The fish is resilient and continues to pull the boat further and further through the night. On the second day, the old man realizes he needs food and catches a dolphin, which he eats.
On the third day, he finally outlasts the fish and harpoons him. He drags the marlin to the side of the boat and is happy of his catch. However, he has to defend his catch against the slew of sharks.
He manages to kill several sharks, but by the time he makes it back to town, the marlin is nothing but bones.
Exhausted, he barely makes it back to his shack, where he is greeted by the boy.
While other authors have dealt with man against nature, this story concentrates that theme through its length, as well as the narrative. Hemingway often puts the reader into the mind of the old man with dialogue, but also internal monologue. This may present the old man as crazy, but it also reveals his emotions as he battles the fish over three days.
This, of course, sets up the tragic ending where he is left to fight off the sharks from his prize catch that nearly took his life. The guy spent three days out at sea and had nothing to show for it when he got back.
The ending of somewhat questionable as well. The old man is still poor, but the boy, and the other fishermen, have newfound respect for him. You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but he may still be able to impress you.
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