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The book report of The old man and the sea1《老人与海》英文读书报告

The book report of The old man and the sea

By Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. Hemingway received the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. During his later life, Hemingway suffered from increasing physical and mental problems. In July 1961, he committed suicide by shooting, himself. Hemingway's distinctive writing style is characterized by economy and understatement and had a significant influence on the development of twentieth-century fiction writing.

The Old Man and the Sea is based on the novel written true story. After World War II, Hemingway moved to Cuba, met old fisherman Gregorio Fuentes. In 1930, Hemingway by a ship in the storm victims, Fuentes and Hemingway rescued. Since then, Hemingway and Fuentes developed a profound friendship. In 1936, Fuentes was far out to sea to catch a big fish. Fishing is one of the most dangerous work in the word. They must face up to the dangerous environment. Also they must face the loneliness. The story is one year near sixty years of age senior fisherman. At first 84 days, he did not fish one fish. He did not have enough food, and many locals doubt his fishing technique. So, he decided to go to the sea to fish food and proved that he is a skilled fishermen. Finally, he found there is a big fish but he

didn't pull. He fought with the big fish for several days, and discovered that it was a big marlin. Eventually, he defeated the fish. However, the fish's blood smell brought in several crowds of sharks. These fierce sharks snatched the marlin's meat. The exhausted old man returned himself to fight with these sharks. At that moment, although he knew utterly it was difficult for him to win, the old man did not give up.

Usually, when people finished this masterpiece, they always are fully convinced by the great old man’s determination, courage, and toughness. I have already heard of this masterpiece for many years. People love it, prise it, and respect it. But when I finished it, at the first moment, I just wonder: Actually, our human-beings don’t know what we really want,what we dream for, and what we fight for. The problems are always produced by ourselves continuously. Then, we try our best to defeat it and even, destroy it. But to the essence, who on earth was defeated till the end? And what’s more, after the conquest, what are we going to do and what can we do? The essence of our Chinese traditional culture is the affinity while for the American culture it emphasizes the conquest, that’s really totally different and it’s what we should think ove r. When we understand the meaning of conquest, we can absorb and extend the meaning of our life. If we only focus on the conquest blindly, even it’s a wonderful,splendid and encouraging process, nothing will on our hands at last just as the old man Santiago get nothing but the skeleton. Many people admit and praise this

belief that the man is not made for defeat, a man can be destroyed but not defeated, but what about other creatures in the world, to some extense, in the whole universe? No matter what kind of person we are, or how small or humble we are, it doesn’t matter.What matter most is w hether we know what we want to purchase through our life.