The Old Man and the Sea Essay | How Does Hemingway Show Santiago as Heroic in The Old Man and the Sea?

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How Does Hemingway Show Santiago as Heroic in The Old Man and the Sea?

Summary: In his novel The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway uses many different literary devices to portray the old man Santiago as a hero. Hemingway describes Santiago as a man of persistence, endurance, and determination; a weak old man, yet a skillful fisherman with an instinctive sensitivity with nature, who acts courageously with danger lurking all around him.
How does Hemingway present the Old Man as Heroic"

Santiago, the old man, is a version of what Hemingway views as a hero, he has most of the qualities that in Hemingway's view is needed to be a hero. Although Hemingway does not state that Santiago is a hero, he uses many different devices to portray him as a hero. Despite the fact that Santiago is essentially a `normal person' [he loves baseball, he likes beer, he is poor, lives in a shack and he is a Roman Catholic] by the end of the book he seems heroic in many ways.

One of the ways in which Hemingway portrays Santiago as a hero is by showing his persistence, endurance and determination. This is immediately shown in the book as Hemingway writes that Santiago had gone 85 days...

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