The Old Man and the Sea
Recently I have read The Old Man and the Sea, I was deeply moved by the old man and his spirit.
The author of the book Ernest Hemingway is one of the most famous American novelist, short-story writer and essayist. The Old Man and the Sea was written in 1951 in Cuba, and published in 1952 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1953 and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. The book was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway and published in his lifetime. One of his most famous works.
It’s a story about a old man struggling with nature, though he was defeated at last, in some extent, he has already challenged himself and nature.Santiago,?the?hero?of?the?story,?had?gone?eighty-four?days?wit hout?taking?a?fish?back.?At?first,?a?boy?named?Manolion?had?been?w ith?him,?but?Santiagocatch?even?one?fish.?The?boy?had?gone?at?his?p arents’?
orders?in?a?lucky?boat?which?caught?three?good?fish?the?first?week. Santiago is a very old Cuban fisherman, even he had been unable to catch a single fish for totally eight-four days. He didn’t give up. he made his
decision that he should fish again to get over the unlucky time. And he held the belief that he could do it and he would be lucky enough to fish, but meanwhile, he should go to deeper waters. On the 85th day, he?caught?a?massive?marlin.?But?after?two?days?and?nights'?fierce?an d?tough?fighting,?the?old?man?was?only?to?bring?back?a?large?colossa l?marlin?skeleton, a?worn-out?boat,?and?his?exhausted?body. But?he?still?be?appreciated.
I believe everybody who has read the book must admire Santiago’s perseverance.When?I?read?
“the?senior?fisherman?think:?Here?to?the?seacoast?really?was?too?ne ar,?perhaps?could?have?a?bigger?fish?in?a?farther?place...”?I?extreme ly?admire?this?senior?fisherman,?because?he?by?now?already? projected?on?some?fish,?but?he?had?not?settled?to?the?present?situatio n,?but? was?approaches?the?bigger?goal?advance.When?I?read?“the?big?marlin?start?fast?to?gather?round?the?young?fishing?boat?ho ver,?twined?the?cable?on?the?mast,?the?old?person?right?hand?lifted?u p?high?the?steel?fork,?leapt?the?water?surface?in?it?the?flash,?did?utm ost?throws?to?its?heart,?one?wail?ended?the?big?fish's?life,?it?was?stati c?floats?on?the?water?surface...?My?heart?also?liked?together?the?big? stone?falls.?I?extremely?admire?old?person?that?kind?do?not?dread,?th e?relentless?spirit,?although?knows?the?match?strength?is?very?strong, ?but?he?not?slightly?flinches,?but?is?welcomes?difficultly?above. There
is no doubt that he is great, because he never gave up in the face of difficulties that he showed great endurance in his battle against the sea. “But a man is not made for defeat ,” he said, “A man can be destroyed but not defeated .” Santiago was old just as Hemingway said “Everything about him was old except hia eyes and they were the same color as the sae and were cheerful and undefeated .” He think every day is a new day, no matter how old he was. He said “It’s better to be lucky, but I would rather be exact. Then when l are luck comes you are ready.”
Santiago was poor, he had nothing except a little boat and harpoon. But he said “Now I not time to think what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.”Somebody said Santiago was a failure. Because at last he wishes that it had been a dream and the boy cried for him can really approve it. In this way I think Santiago was a lucky person. Because he still had Mandolin. The boy loved him and pitied him. If Mandolin had no money his own, he begged or stole to make sure that Santiago had enough to eat and fresh baits for his lines. The old man accepts his kindness with humility that was like a quiet kind of pride .
I think Santiago is a hero, not a failure. The value of his life was completely reflected in the way which he caught fish. He is the real winner in his own world. We can learn from him that no matter what difficulties we meet, we must hold our honor. We may lost this game, but
we should never give ourselves up as hopeless. I am willing to live as the old man, to face any challenges in the future and never give up.
“Vessel crossed the end of the world, into the unknown sea, hanging on the side of the bow while and rain erosion-stricken still incomparably beautiful flag, banner, brandishing a Yunlong general words glittering-beyond the limit”This is the author Hemingway’s evaluation of his work “The Old Man and the Sea”.
Life itself is an endless pursuit. It’s a long road, difficulty and full of bumpy, but as long as their indomitable courage and self-confidence to a heart to meet the challenge, he will always be a real winner!