Saturday, October 9, 2010

Santiago’s Heroism


Santiago like Robert Jordon in “For whom the bell Tolls” demonstrates the necessity and reality of Heroism in everyway. Robert Jordon believed on his own activities and in his discipline. And Santiago as a humble fisherman shows complete skill and adeptness in his art Hemingway shows him alone with this thought that you must rely on your own resources.
When Santiago encountered with the big marlin he has faced many problems like fatigue, cramps in his hands, lacking of youthful muscle but Hemingway showed heroic courage, masculinity and vitality.
Hemingway relates many instances which showed Santiago’s heroic bent of mind. As he says “Everyday is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
And on the second day of his fight with the marlin Santiago hopes to be “worthy of the great DiMaggio who does all things perfectly even with the pain of the bone spur in his heal”.
Throughout the whole novel we find that Santiago is a person who believed or rely on his skill or art on his masculine power, Santiago admits that he excels     the marlin in two respects “tricks” and “resolution”. Tricks means
whatever resources man is capable of namely, his art Resolution means his will to do whatever he was born far.
On the whole Santiago’s return with the big skeleton of the great fish which means that winner takes nothing and Manolin’s report that Yankees have lost that day Santiago replies, “That means nothing. The great DiMaggio is himself again.” It shows that after a big loss Santiago is himself again.

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