Scott Fitzgerald, and Gertrude Stein, Hemingway infused his work with a sense of emptiness, disillusionment, and rebellion against patriotic ideals. He fights the need for sleep and his fatigue of constantly keeping hold of the line before the fish finally starts to circle the boat. The Sea As its title suggests, the sea is a central character in the novella. The words are plain, and the structure, two tightly-worded independent clauses conjoined by a simple conjunction, is ordinary, traits which characterize Hemingway's literary style. Having killed the Marlin, Santiago lashes its body alongside his skiff. He says that his father lacks faith, which is why he forced Manolin to switch to the other boat.
At last it is next to the skiff, and Santiago drove his harpoon into the marlin's chest. Santiago acquiesces and Manolin leaves to fetch food and a shirt. Manolin still helps Santiago pull in his boat in the evenings and provides the old man with food and bait when he needs it. He is proud that he keeps his lines straighter than any other fisherman and does not let them drift with the current. There are also religious pictures and a tinted photograph on the wall, relics of his wife. That afternoon, some tourists see the marlin's skeleton waiting to go out with the tide and ask a waiter what it is.
It is also his deep love and knowledge of the sea, in its impassive cruelty and beneficence, that allows him to prevail. Manolin arrives at the shack while Santiago is still asleep. Santiago taught Manolin to fish, and the boy used to go out to sea with the old man until his parents objected to Santiago's bad luck. Hemingway was famously fascinated with ideas of men proving their worth by facing and overcoming the challenges of nature. Around noon, Santiago feels a tentative pull on one of his lines. He straps the marlin along the length of his skiff and heads for home, hardly believing his own victory. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and contributed to Hemingway's selection for the Nobel Prize in 1954.
It has more force in the evening too. Eat them good now and then there is the tuna. Manolin idolizes Santiago but the object of this idolization is not only the once great though presently failed fisherman; it is an idolization of ideals. In the night, the sharks return. With whatever equipment remains on board, Santiago repeatedly fights off the packs of these scavengers, enduring exhaustion and great physical pain, even tearing something in his chest. During the Spanish Civil War, Hemingway moved to Spain to serve as a war correspondent, a job which inspired his famous 1939 novel For Whom the Bell Tolls.
GradeSaver, 17 November 2011 Web. Santiago moves on, hoping to catch a stray or perhaps even discover a marlin tracking the school. The novella soared to the top of the best-seller list and remained there for six months. They eat what's left of the catch. Santiago tells Manolin that tomorrow he will go out far in the Gulf to fish.
That Santiago seems lifeless with eyes closed shows that his youthfulness is internal—in his mind and memories only. Living in Cuba in the late 1940s, one of Hemingway's favorite pastimes was fishing in his boat, The Pilar. Santiago is not actually sure what a bone spur is, but he is sure he would not be able to bear the pain of one himself. Manolin cares for the aging Santiago, bringing him food and clothing, and in return Santiago tells Manolin stories about baseball legends and his younger days fishing in a boat off of Africa. Other fisherman measured the skeleton and found it was eighteen feet long. Man and man will always yield strife; man and woman, Santiago and the sea, complement each other and create a peaceable unity.
The old man wakes and retrieves the boy from his house. Manolin sits with Santiago until he awakes and then gives the old man some coffee. She is kind and very beautiful. Santiago initially refuses, but then finally agrees to accept two pieces of bait. Santiago sees a sea bird diving into the sea in the distance.
But I would rather be exact. As the sun goes down, the marlin continues on in the same direction, and Santiago loses sight of land altogether. But you have a right to. The old man fashions a new harpoon by attaching his knife to a broken oar stick. Santiago is awoken by the line rushing furiously through his right hand.