Just compare Hemingway's to Dickens, who loved. The Old Man and the Sea. When the story begins, the boy is probably around twelve years old, and the old man has gone eighty-four days without catching a fish. The Old Man and the Sea was the last novel Hemingway published before his death. As he eats, he feels a brotherly desire to feed the marlin too. There is a large school of dolphin traveling fast, too fast for either the bird or Santiago to capture.
The old man remembers competing at it for two straight days one round! Hemingway's work is a 27,000-word novel called The Old Man and the Sea. The fish responds by almost pulling the old man overboard. They are merely predators attracted by the blood in the water. After catching the fish, Santiago is attacked by a horde of sharks. This, of course, sets up the tragic ending where he is left to fight off the sharks from his prize catch that nearly took his life. The boy often takes care of the old man, who lives in a shack and often goes hungry. Hemingway often puts the reader into the mind of the old man with dialogue, but also internal monologue.
Shark after shark comes to devour the fish. It is hooked on a line that stretches across his back, burning and cutting into his skin. He goes far out and acts on what he thinks are right. More sharks appear at sunset and Santiago only has a club with which to beat them away. Four hours later the fish continued to pull the old man out to sea.
He sees a bird, which leads him to some flying fish. This makes it an even bigger risk. The first shark takes a hefty bite before the old man stabs him with the harpoon. In case his struggle with the marlin should continue for another night, Santiago baits another line in hopes of catching another meal. They drink a cup of coffee together before the old man heads out on his skiff alone.
Manolin brings him newspapers and coffee. Having killed the Marlin, Santiago lashes its body alongside his skiff. He readies the harpoon and pulls the line in more. Santiago, worn out and almost delirious, uses all his remaining strength to pull the fish onto its side and stab the marlin with a. Santiago's determination to never give up fuels his quest to conquer the great fish. He struggles and suffers in order to stay undefeated.
The nearest we get to this is where he tells himself that he hopes because he thinks it a sin not to hope: and this is a true Christian thought. He fights in a way he has never fought before and he suffers. As he is cutting the fish, though, his left hand cramps. It is the largest fish he has ever seen. The prose is famously pungent and economical, the descriptions are physical and sharp. She is kind and very beautiful.
In these ways he is much like Hemingway, a noble hero. It was where he saw the lions. In 1958, the novella became a movie starring Spencer Tracy. He hoped the fish would jump to add some air into its sacks and keep it from dropping. He helps the old man tote his gear to his ramshackle hut, secures food for him, and discusses the latest developments in American baseball, especially the trials of the old man's hero, Joe DiMaggio.
In a skiff with no food and only a bottle of water, Santiago is pulled by the marlin. Santiago wrestles with the fish for two days and two nights. The entire time, Santiago endures constant pain from the fishing line. It had lasted a full day and a night, but Santiago, El Campeon The Champion as he was known then, eventually won. Although he is taking a greater risk by going out deeper, he has a better chance of catching the bigger fish. He proves to be a noble hero in the eyes of Hemingway as well. The old Cuban fisherman Santiago has been set out to sea four 85 days and returned home empty handed.
This physical struggle is akin to Jesus carrying the cross to the place of his crucifixion. It's also about three days in a boat in which most of the action takes place in the title character's head, punctuated by graphic descriptions of, say, the gutting of fish. The old man alternately questions and justifies seeking the death of such a noble opponent. Unable to haul in the great marlin, Santiago is instead pulled by the marlin, and two days and nights pass with Santiago holding onto the line. The guy spent three days out at sea and had nothing to show for it when he got back.