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The Old Man and the Sea
Transcript of The Old Man and the Sea
A symbol in literature is an object, person, or event that stands for something else. Authors use symbolism to get the reader to think about the bigger pictures and be more enagaged in the story. Objects, people, and events in stories can represent emotions or other events.
The marlin symbolizes overcoming struggle and finding strength. This marlin that Santiago catches helps Santiago find his strength again and pushes him to his limit to use every ounce of strength he has.
Relation to the symbol
In "The Old Man and the Sea" Santiago's life relates to the marlin. Santiago has grown old an is struggling to pull in this fish and find his lost strength. He eventually pulls it in and overcomes that struggle. The marlin is also old and starting to become weak; he eventually loses the battle.
"He is wonderful and strange and who knows how old he is, he thought. Never have I had such a strong fish nor one who acted so strangely...He cannot know that it is only one man against him, nor that it is an old man."
The old man is saying how they are similar; they
are both old, wise, and ready for a fight.
A theme in a story is the subject or topic that the story is trying to explain and show the reader. The story generally follows a theme throughout the whole story.
The Wisdom of Old Age
The wisdom of old age shows that both Santiago and the marlin show great wisdom in their old age. The story shows the reader how two old, wise creatures cross paths.
Relation to the theme
We see that Santiago decides to fish far out on the sea away from the other fisherman's traps. The marlin is also far out away from the traps because he is wise enough to know where the traps are and to avoid being caught. It was because of this that Santiago and the marlin meet.
The theme conveyed
The story coveys this theme by showing how two wise, old beings have the same idea and end up coming in contact. We see many instances where both the marlin and Santiago use their wisdom to try to win this fight.
Symbol and Theme
Symbol: The Marlin
Theme: The wisdom of old age