Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

    Part Four



    In this extract there is a battle between the old man and the shark. We can noticed that like the old man the shark is determined. Between both the fight appear us very hard and long.

    In this extract we can see that the author use 
    words and expressions to refer to the two characters : 

    About the Shark there are: " not an accident " l 6 / " fast and hard " l 12 / " He " l 12 which imply therefore that the shark is personify / " very big " l 12 / " as fast as the fastest fish " l 13 /  " beautiful except his jaws " l 13-14 / " as blue as a sword fish's "" his belly was silver ''l 14.

    About the old man there are : " the old man " l 1 / " he " l 29

    We see the author would like to show that it was possible that the old man lost the fight. Indeed, unlike to the description of the old man there are plenty of information to describe the shark. A lot of expressions are used in order to show us that it is really stronger.

    During the read of this passage we can understand that this battle was won by the old man although we could thought the contrary. Indeed, this one has succeed to kill it: " he rammed the harpoon down onto the shark's head " l 37.
    In fact, even though the fish was built to feed on all the fishes in the sea, it wasn't able to foil the harpoon's old man.

    We can say that the end of this novel arrive quite quickly. Therefore, we can conclude that this battle between both characters is short but well detailed. And I strongly believe that maybe the author didn' t want to passe too much time on this episode for not bored the readers.

    At the end of the extract the old man express certains regrets. For example, it's possible to see at line 51 " now my fish bleeds again...". Here, we can discern a feeling of sadness at the old man. He seems like almost in connexion with the big fish l 52 " When the fish had been hit it was as though he himself were hit ".

    From my point of view the old man has now entered " the nightmare stage " because his life isn't no longer in danger and he might come back without the shark because this one is ate by the fish.


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