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Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.
The Old Man and the Sea
Describes Cuban fisherman Santiago, the "old man" in the title.
Anyone can be a fisherman in May.
The Old Man and the Sea
He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women , nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and of the lions on the beaChapter They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the boy.
The Old Man and the Sea
Why did they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so cruel? She is kind and very beautiful. But she can be so cruel and it comes so suddenly and such birds that fly, dipping and hunting, with their small sad voices are made too delicately for the sea.
The Old Man and the Sea
But the old man always thought of her as feminine and as something that gave or withheld great favors, and if she did wild or wicked things it was because she could not help them. The moon affects her as it does a woman, he thought.
The Old Man and the Sea
Now is the time to think of only one thing. That which I was born for.
The Old Man and the Sea
I wish I had the boy.
The Old Man and the Sea
Santiago longs for the companionship of the boy Manolin, his loyal friend.
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. But what a great fish he is and what will he bring in the market if the flesh is good.
The Old Man and the Sea
My choice was to go there and find him beyond all people. Beyond all people in the world. Now we are joined together and have been since noon. And no one to help either of us.
The Old Man and the Sea
Fish, I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.
The Old Man and the Sea
The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, then blurring, then etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea.
The Old Man and the Sea
If I were him I would put in everything now and go until something broke. But, thank God, they are not as intelligent as we who kill them; although they are more noble and more able.
The Old Man and the Sea
But I must have the confidence and I must be worthy of the great DiMaggio who does all things perfectly even with the pain of the bone spur in his heel.
The Old Man and the Sea
Santiago thinks about Big Leagues in baseball and is motivated by thoughts of his hero DiMaggio.
"The fish is my friend too," he said aloud. "I have never seen or heard of such a fish. But I must kill him. I'm glad we do not have to kill the stars.
The Old Man and the Sea
It is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars. It is enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers.
The Old Man and the Sea
A man is never lost at sea.
The Old Man and the Sea
Fish, you are going to have to die anyway. Do you have to kill me too?
The Old Man and the Sea
You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother. Come on and kill me. I do not care who kills who.
The Old Man and the Sea
Then the fish came alive, with his death in him, and rose high out of the water showing all his great length and width and all his power and his beauty. He seemed to hang in the air above the old man in the skiff. Then he fell into the water with a crash that sent spray over the old man and over all the skiff.
The Old Man and the Sea
The killing of the marlin, marking the climax of the novella.
I think the great DiMaggio would be proud of me today.
The Old Man and the Sea
But a man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
The Old Man and the Sea
You did not kill the fish only to keep alive and to sell for food, he thought. You killed him for pride and because you are a fisherman. You loved him when he was alive and you loved him after. If you love him, it is not a sin to kill him. Or is it more?
The Old Man and the Sea
They beat me, Manolin," he said. "They truly beat me."
"He didn't beat you. Not the fish."
"No. Truly. It was afterwards."
The Old Man and the Sea
Santiago, beaten by sharks but not the marlin, completes the novella undefeated and in possession of his dignity.
To hell with luck. I'll bring the luck with me.
The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea, a novella by American writer Ernest Hemingway, was written in Cuba in 1951 and published in 1952. It recounts an epic battle between an old fisherman and a giant merlin. Hemingway received the Pulitzer Prize for the book in 1953 and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He was born on July 21, 1899, and died on July 2, 1961.


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