Old Man And The Sea Marlin

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There are many examples of symbolism in Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea” some examples which are the marlin (the fish), the sea and the lions (on the coast of Africa). “Fish," he said, "I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.” (Page 54) The old man said this to the fish when he was struggling to catch him. This is a sign of symbolism because the old man sees the marlin as his brother and he will not stop fighting with him until one of them dies. The old man also respects the marlin because he is a fisherman after all and he needs to catch this marlin to stay alive. The marlin is a symbol of the old man having to overcome an obstacle and in the end he overcoming it and then sadly losing his prize to the sharks when they eat the marlin and only the bones are left tied to his boat. The marlin meant so much to the old man even though he was only a fish that he had caught, now a days if you catch a fish or are catching one on one really feels an emotional attachment to the fish like the old man did.…show more content…
The moon affects her as it does a woman, he thought." (Page 30) The old man said this when he was describing the sea. Most of the fishermen saw the sea as an opponent (masculine) that they were facing, something that they had to beat but not the old man he saw it as a woman that “gave and withheld great favorers.” The old man never saw the sea as someone that did wicked thing because he knew that the moon made the sea do these things. He saw it as someone that you had to love and respect which he did. He respected the sea as much as he respected the marlin/other fish; he even respected the sharks that ate the marlin because they needed to eat

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