The Old Man and the Sea Essay Assignment

The Old Man and the Sea Questions
by Seth Oranburg

2. Q: I will describe the major settings of the novel in my own descriptive writing and explain how they contribute to the mood.

A: There are several settings in The Old Man and the Sea. First is the old man\'s house: It is a rustic, run-down old shack, made of palm leaves and was very sparse. He had only a chair, a bed, and a table, and a few pictures. He had a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Virgin of Cobre, and an old photograph of his wife, which he had taken down because it mad him lonely. This setting made me feel sad and lonely, too, and I understood the kind of poverty that this old man was living in. Next is the Gulf: The Gulf was beautiful, with phosphorescent weeds, and very deep. He fished in an area called "the well" (p. 28, Hemingway) because it was so deep. Many fish came there because of the current that was caused. He went here to get bait fish, for that was where they lived. This seen makes me feel peaceful, and serene. I would love to see it and it sounds beautiful.

3. Q: I will write a persuasive paragraph labeling the old man and the boy as realistic or stereotyped characters.
A: The old man is a realistic character, whereas the boy is stereotyped. The old man is realistic because he changes during the story. His spirit was broken, and he felt that his last luck had finally run out. The boy, on the other hand, acted the same as he did in the beginning of the novella. He didn\'t change and is classified as stereotyped.

4. Q: I will explain in an informative paragraph the point of view of the novel and why it is important that the author chose this point of view.
A: The point of view of The Old Man and the Sea was third person omniscient. This view was crucial to the story because it didn\'t make the story lose any of its suspense, and it made you see how all of the main characters felt. You were able to understand how Manolin and Santiago felt about each other, and that made the story more interesting.

5. Q: I will write a one-page narrative that is a new ending for the novel.
A: Santiago awake, and looked around. It had all seamed like a dream. Had he really caught that fish? Did he really kill it? Did the sharks get his fish before he could bring it back? It really did feel like a dream. Santiago thought that it never happened, until he looked at his hands. They we freshly cut and his left was stiff and a claw. He knew then that he didn\'t dream it all. What now? "I suppose I will return to fishing, but I need new supplies, and I must heal my hands. What to do?" Santiago asked himself. He decided to do what he always does when he finds a problem he cannot answer. He took the picture of his wife and asked of it, "Should I fish again? Can I? Those sharks have broken my spirit! I lost the fish, the greatest fish ever! How can I ever return to those waters?" Then he remembered the boy. "Manolin!" he called. "Manolin! Wake up, I need you." The Santiago realized that Manolin was on another boat now, because of Santiago\'s great misfortune. There was nothing left for Santiago now, for his livelihood had been taken from him and his only way to catch a fish in his current condition would require Manolin\'s help. He couldn\'t even afford a new harpoon. "So this was it, this was the end," Santiago thought. "What can I possible do?" Then he knew. He loaded all his belonging onto the skiff, and set sail. He was heading for America. "Perhaps I will develop a bone spur there. But it is better then these old, tired hands. And I will see the Great DiMaggio play. Oh America, the land of opportunity, let it not be taken from me, for I cannot fish anymore, but I surly will find something to do there!"

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