The Old Man and the Sea | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Charles Taylor

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of The Old Man and the Sea.
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Critical Essay by Charles Taylor

SOURCE: "The Old Man and the Sea: A Nietzschean Tragic Vision," in Dalhousie Review, Vol. 61, No. 4, Winter, 1981-82, pp. 631-43.

In the following essay, Taylor rejects previous assessments of the novella as a parable of sin and punishment, asserting instead that the old man's struggle can be seen in terms used by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzscheas an affirmation of life in the highest manner, as a recognition that to do what "must be done," a human being should "go far out," as Santiago has.

In studying The Old Man and the Sea one finds a very comforting consistency. From the initial reading two elements distinguish Santiago and his adventure from Hemingway's earlier heroes. Many have noted the positive character of Santiago's struggle, its natural context...

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