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examine the conflict between man and nature in the text old man and the sea
The Old Man and the Sea is as deep as the ocean. There are many conflicts occurring in the novel, some subtler than others; but each contributes to Santiago’s suffering and reveals different depths of his character. [ Two examples of conflict are between Santiago and the marlin and between Santiago and the other fisherman. Santiago suffers a great deal through these hardships, but with strength and determination, he is able to overcome them. The main conflict of the story is between Santiago and the Marlin. He first sees the Marlin when it jumps up. The marlin is two feet longer than the
skiff and very strong. They think that Santiago is salao because he has not caught a fish in 84 days. This is when he is able to find his strength and reel in the now tired fish. He harpoons the fish and stains the ocean with its blood. Throughout the novel, many hardships are encountered and add to the depth of the novel. Two main conflicts in The Old Man and the Sea are between Santiago and the Marlin, and Santiago and the other fisherman. His pride is bruised by the lack of respect by the other fisherman. Another conflict exists between Santiago and the other, younger fisherman. Santiago does not have any friends other than the boy because no one respects him. When Santiago comes back from his trip with the gigantic marlin carcass with shark bites in it, they realize that Santiago has great skill and determination for his age and they begin to respect him. "You are killing me, fish, the old man thought" (92). When it tries to swim away, it pulls the skiff with it, far out to sea. Santiago"tms strength and determination allows him to prevail in each situation, and retain his pride. This affects Santiago"tms confidence and isolates him further. For days the old man sits alone in his skiff, battling the marlin. source: ]
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