Saturday, October 9, 2010

Killing sharks ultimately would mean defeating death? (PU: 2004)

Santiago’s battle with the sharks is the most important event of the novel. This battle or struggle is shorter in duration but it has its own significance.

In his expedition to catch the big fish he has gone in the deep sea but after catching the marlin he has faced the most fierce opponents. In his journey he said “if sharks come God pity him and me”. With the arrival of the first shark a piteous tragedy of deprivation begins, and Marlin got teared and mutilated. When Marlin was attacked it was as if he himself had been attacked. The process of “crucification” is now intensified. Santiago’s deserted condition revealed more obvious with the series of sharks coming. His hands and he himself seemed crucified. Throughout the ordeal he felt “I wish it were a dream and that I had never hooked him”. I am sorry about it’ fish. It makes everything wrong.
In this ordeal he destroyed the sharks one by one but they had took a lot of good meat. But he showed complete affirmation and resolution to fight with them; he said aloud “I will fight them until I die.” But in the end only skeleton remained.
It seems that this story is about great loss and great gain. If we want to judge Santiago’s total experience than we want to look at Hemingway’s other novels and their heroes. Lieutenant Fredric Henry’s gain and loss of a new wife in “A Farewell to arms” and Robert Jordon in “For whom the bell tolls but his experience shows intensity and some more hope for the future .Santiago’s experience is a veritable martyrdom.

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