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THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

Ernest Hemingway

short novel

A poor old man named Santiago is fishing for a beautiful and large swordfish in the deep waters off the coast of Cuba, near the city of Havana. The difficult struggle between the old man and the fish, which lasts for three long days, is not just an ordinary fishing experience; it represents the metaphor of life itself.



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It is silly not to hope, he thought. Besides I believe it is a sin. Do not think about sin, he thought. There are enough problems now without sin. Also I have no understanding of it.
I have no understanding of it and I am not sure that I believe in it. Perhaps it was a sin to kill the fish. I suppose it was even though I did it to keep me alive and feed many people. But then everything is a sin. Do not think about sin. It is much too late for that and there are people who are paid to do it. Let them think about it. You were born to be a fisherman as the fish was born to be a fish. San Pedro was a fisherman as was the father of the great DiMaggio.
But he liked to think about all things that he was involved in and since there was nothing to read and he did not have a radio, he thought much and he kept on thinking about sin. 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?



Ernest Hemingway




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