The Old Man And the Sea Tragedy

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The Old Man And the Sea Tragedy: Let us discuss the tragedy of the old fisherman in this awful novel written by the great novelist Ernest Hemingway.

The Old Man And the Sea Tragedy

“A tragedy traces the career and downfall of an individual, and shows in this demise both the capacities and the limitations of human life”. The protagonist may be a superhuman, a monarch, or in the modern age, an ordinary person i.e. Santiago.

Santiago, is called “a salao” by his fellow fishermen. He is a veteran fisherman. He remains without a single fish for eighty for days. He decides to go”far out” into the deep sea on the eighty fifth day. After hooking a big marlin, he fights valiantly for 48 hours to kill it. The fish is strong enough. It does not surrender to the old man. Both fight. The fish tows the boat and tests the mettle of the old man.

Santiago challenges the fish: “Fish, I will stay with you until I am alive”. His left hand cramps, his body bleeds and he has to feed on raw fish to survive but he does not give in. He eventually kills the marlin. He ties it to his boat and sails homeward.

Had the story ended here, it would have been a great romantic tale but it is not. The blood of marlin invites sharks. They come numberless eating the flesh of marlin. Though Santiago upholds that “But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated” and does kill a couple of sharks yet cannot save the marlin. What we find is the skeleton of the fish and the wounded old man. There is sheer loss and pity!

The story is a tragedy because it involves his heroic fight with sharks and the marlin, his fatal error of entering deep sea, his fatal loss by sharks and the element of pity we have for him at the end of the story.

Read More to The Old Man and The Sea Tragedy:

  1. The Old Man and the Sea Complete Study Notes
  2. The Old Man and The Sea Tragedy
  3. Character of Santiago
  4. Manolin Character
  5. Importance of DiMaggio
  6. Hand Match with Negro
  7. Santiago’s fight with Marlin
  8. Santiago’s fight with Sharks
  9. Symbolism in The Old Man and the Sea
  10. Detailed Summary The Old Man and the Sea Part One
  11. Detailed Summary The Old Man and the Sea Part Two
  12. Detailed Summary The Old Man and the Sea Part Three


Further Reading & References:

  1. Original Text of The Old Man and The Sea
  2. The Movie The Old Man and the Sea tragedy