Dedicated to: Adnan khan
A tale that explores the story of an old man and sea, This man is a learned fisherman who is well versed with the ups and downs of the ocean. 84 days have passed but he hasn’t caught a thing, named fish. The other fishermen make fun of him because of his failure but this doesn’t affect his motivation and courage, he is not in a position to give up or quit hoping. He starts his journey on the 84th day single-handedly, after a long time he catches a giant fish that is beyond his control. It drags the boat with itself and the old man waits for it to come out and kills him somehow.
Though it is a very heavy and big marlin the old man puts all his strength to work and manages to tie the giant marlin to the boat. But he knows that the actual film starts here since he has gone too far out, therefore it will take time to reach his destination. He sails the boat steadily. On the way home, he gets attacked by packs of sharks that are hungry and they eat most of the flesh from the fish but the old man kills the sharks and becomes pretty tired and wounded as well. The sharks eat the flesh of the marlin almost 80% but the old man still doesn’t give up and He somehow reaches his harbor and leaves the frame of the fish tied to the boat. On the other morning when the fishermen see the giant fish, they get astonished and really appreciate the courage of the old man.
Some of the points I got from this fable.
At the beginning of the novel, Hemingway gives the idea that a man should carry out everything lonely and should not rely on others, but in the end, he twists the story and contradict his own idea and says that help should be taken from others to perform a task. I am ambivalent about this. Some goals are better to be achieved alone and some are those in which one should take help from friends.
Whenever we succeed, everyone congratulates us but no one realizes what we have gone through. They are mere spectators. No one will ever support you to accomplish your goals. There are only 1% of supporters in this world.
For Hemingway, a man is he, who doesn’t rely on luck but on his hard work and struggle. A real man changes his destiny with his own hands. A real man doesn’t boast rather he proves himself by actions. It is said that actions speak louder than words.
He emphasizes this very idea that a man is not made for defeat. He says that a man can be destroyed but not defeated. A man is never afraid of the ups and downs of life and pain does not matter to a man.