Recalling his exhaustion, Santiago decides that he must sleep some if he is to kill the marlin. After losing his harpoon to the mako, Santiago fastens his knife to the end of the oar and now wields this against the sharks. It also contributed to his receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Arriving at his shack, Santiago collapsed on his bed and fell asleep. The marlin is the giant, 18-foot fish that battles with Santiago in the middle of the ocean for three days and three nights.
He fears this strategy would ultimately result in the loss of the fish. Santiago and the Marlin become united out at sea. Finally, he feels something heavy tugging at one of his lines. The United States, under the Truman administration, advanced a policy designed to contain Soviet expansionism; supported such international actions as the formation of the United Nations, the Truman Doctrine of 1947, and the Marshall Plan of 1948; and became embroiled in the Korean War. After finishing high school, he spent several months working as a reporter for The Kansas City Star, but soon enlisted in World War I as an ambulance driver with the Italian army.
Although The Old Man and the Sea takes place in September of 1950, it exists outside or just at the edge of these and other significant events of the period. The marlin tries desperately to pull away. The great tear in the marlin's flesh releases the fish's blood and scent into the water, attracting packs of shovel-nosed sharks. Slowly, he saw the line begin to rise as he begged his hand to heal. I love you and respect you very much. He is barely able to walk and slowly staggers back to his hut, where he falls into bed. The sea is dangerous, with its sharks and potentially treacherous weather, but it also… The Old Man and the Sea is full of Christian imagery.
When the fish jerked the line, the old man noticed that his hand was bleeding. Santiago keeps pressing out, past the great well where he has been recently unsuccessful. The answer assumes a third level on which The Old Man and the Sea must be read—as a sort of allegorical commentary on all his previous work, by means of which it may be established that the religious overtones of The Old Man and the Sea are not peculiar to that book among Hemingway's works, and that Hemingway has finally taken the decisive step in elevating what might be called his philosophy of Manhood to the level of a religion. In fact, through Santiago, the novella explores man's relationship with nature. He regrets not having cleaved off the marlin's sword to use as a weapon when he had the knife and apologizes again to the fish. His is just eight million times better than ours. In case his struggle with the marlin should continue for another night, Santiago baits another line in hopes of catching another meal.
The government of Cuban President Carlos Prio Socarras was in decline and would eventually be overthrown in 1952 by U. In the chilling night, he eats half of a fillet of dolphin meat and one of the flying fish. There is an old fisherman in Cuba, , who has gone eighty-four days without a catch. A huge Marlin has found Santiago's bait and this sets off a very long struggle between the two. Santiago says prayers to assuage his worried heart, and settles into the chase once again.
He feels guilty killing a brother, but after an intense struggle in which the fish drags the skiff around in circles, Santiago harpoons the very large fish and hangs it on the side of his boat. Lowering his hand to water to clean it, Santiago notices that the marlin has slowed down. But she can be so cruel. I tried to make a real old man, a real boy, a real sea and a real fish and real sharks. When the fish jerked the line, the old man noticed that his hand was bleeding. Hemingway at first planned to use Santiago's story, which became The Old Man and the Sea, as part of an intimacy between mother and son.
An earth-shattering struggle of mythical proportions follows. In 1958, the novella became a movie starring Spencer Tracy. Although Santiago hooks the marlin on his first afternoon at sea, the marlin refuses to come to the surface and instead pulls Santiago farther and farther from land. Soon, the old man is asleep, dreaming of a school of porpoises, his village house, and finally of the lions of his youth on the African beach. As he eats, he feels a brotherly desire to feed the marlin too. We also meet a boy who is dear friends with the old man.
Each shark takes a huge bite out of the Marlin, but the old man fends them off, himself now bruised, but alive. During the course of the meal, the boy realizes the squalor in which the old man lives and reminds himself to bring the old man a shirt, shoes, a jacket, and a blanket for the coming winter. More sharks appear at sunset and Santiago only has a club with which to beat them away. The two factors are related. Most of the novella consists of this struggle, which lasts over three days. In 1927, he divorced Hadley Richardson and, one month later, married Pauline Pfeiffer.