He lived along that coast now every night and in his dreams he heard the surf roar and saw the native boats come riding through it. He is still asleep when the boy comes into the shack in the morning. It had lasted a full day and a night, but Santiago, El Campeon The Champion as he was known then, eventually won. Hard and cold and lovely. This was Hemingway's last significant contribution to the literary world which restored his fame. The old man tries to bring a mast with a sail into his shack, falls, lies for a while, than seats, looking at the empty road, and renews his labor.
Here he drinks some water and finally gets an undisturbed sleep. On the 85 th day, the boy tells the old man that he can rejoin his boat, thanks to the lucky week of fishing he had had on the other boat. He even admits to himself that he has been beaten. In course of this battle, Santiago feels a strange coppery taste in his mouth. He waited for the fish to really take the bait and swallow the hook before he began to reel him in.
It crashed into the sea, blinding Santiago with a shower of sea spray. Criticism of the Critics: Hemingway's novel Across the River and Into the Trees, published in 1950, met with severe negative criticism, although Hemingway said he considered it his best work yet. After two dreams, he even sees his favorite lions. It is the prize, and while Santiago considers it as a catch that can feed him for a long time, he also understands that this huge marlin is his luck, a glorious and full-blooded evidence of his excellent skill in a work he was born to do. When he returns, he wishes the old man luck, and Santiago goes out to sea. While he needed to recover before he could do anything else, it appears he still had his extraordinary perseverance.
Two hours later, two shovel-nosed sharks arrive at the skiff. He tried to wrestle with his left hand but it was a traitor then as it had been now. He had gone on turtle boats for many years and knew eating their eggs made him strong. Santiago even tells the fish that he loves it and respect it very much, but he will kill it before this day would be over. After some time it resumes its circling; Santiago is nearly fainting again. His actions and the consequences of them are easily notable and should not be look down upon.
Next day Santiago wakes the boy and they stroll to the shore. He sees a bird, which leads him to some flying fish. If the boy was here, he thinks, he could help and massage the cramped hand. He returns to shore, where everyone admires the carcass—18 feet from nose to tail. The Sharks Santiago considers the sharks base predators, not worthy of glory. Despite his excruciating pain, Santiago has a soft spot for this Marlin, often calling him brother. After the first 40 days, the parents of the boy who normally fishes with him force him to switch to a more profitable boat, and they catch three good fish in the first week he is on board.
Having killed the Marlin, Santiago lashes its body alongside his skiff. On nearly every occasion, these qualities are a formula for success. After lashing the huge fish, he heads home. He pours some water on his head and wants to take some rest, but resumes pulling the line. The old man tries to cheer up the boy and himself, telling that tomorrow he will go far into the sea and catch a big fish. Tired and exhausted, Santiago is in dire need of help, but understands that there will be none. The boy is sad to have had to leave the old man he has fished with for so long, and each evening when the old man comes in empty-handed, the boy goes to help him bring in his equipment.
The marlin leaps out of the water and it is all the old man can do to hold onto the line, now cutting his hand badly and dragging him down to the bottom of the skiff. He kills the first shark easily, but while he does this, the other shark is ripping at the marlin underneath the boat. The old man fashions a new harpoon by attaching his knife to a broken oar stick. Before long, sharks started attacking the boat. This leads to his musing about talking aloud when he is alone in the sea, for this can be taken as a sign if his insanity. He prepares his harpoon and tells himself to be calm and strong.
He had no luck in many days, but today is a new day, so anything can happen. He pushes forward solely for the sake of his own character, because he is not a quitter. The scars on his hands told the story of his long, tedious years as a fisherman. Indeed, the entire first paragraph emphasizes Santiago's apparent lack of success. Santiago waits a bit for the marlin to swallow the hook and then pulls hard on the line to bring the marlin up to the surface.
He wishes that fish would go to sleep for a while — so that he would be able to sleep too, and probably would see lions in his dreams. On the coast of Cuba near Havana, an old widowed fisherman named Santiago has been unable to catch a fish for 84 days. He stubbornly tries to catch a big fish that he would be able to sell, so tunas and dolphins are not enough for him. GradeSaver, 17 November 2011 Web. Themes of the Book The Old Man and the Sea is a multi-level text, where themes are naturally emerging from each other.
Manolin asks Santiago to wake him up tomorrow, so they will go to the shore together. He is old, unlucky, humble despite is glorious past of fishing and el champion, trying to do the most he can from his weathered body. Then the old man saw one of his lines move. He catches a small tuna after not too long and then feels a bite on one of his deeper lines. The brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea were on his cheeks. Despite this, the boy helps the old man to bring in his empty boat every day.