BACKGROUND-The Old Man and the Sea
It is believed that the old man is actually Ernest Hemingway. During his life Hemingway was always looking for adventures, but he started drinking and killed himself. The Old Man and the Sea got him the Pulitzer Prize.
CHARACTERS-The Old Man and the Sea
Santiago: is a fisherman who really wants to catch a fish Marlin.
Manolin: is a teenager who spends a lot of time with Santiago. They depend on each other.
PLOT-The Old Man and the Sea
The story describes what is happening during three days and three nights. Manolin helps Santiago although his parents think that he brings bad luck. They go fishing really far. The fish takes the bait and starts pulling the boat. The next day the fish is still pulling them and Santiago is really sad. His hands hurt. When the fish comes to the surface, he sees that is really big. Santiago thinks about his favourite player Joe Dimaggio.
That night Santiago wakes up because the fish jerks the line. He cuts his hand, but he knows that he will catch it easier if it jumps more.
Next day the fish is circling. Santiago throws a harpoon. After that a shark comes and bites off a part of the Marlin. Santiago takes his harpoon and kills the shark, but the harpoon falls into the ocean. More sharks come because there is a lot of blood. He manages to kill few, but the others eat more of his fish. Santiago fights with his knife and an oar.
He is getting near Havana, but more sharks come and they eat his fish. Santiago has only a skeleton of the fish, but in Havana the people are amazed.
The book is not divided in chapters, but the action takes place during three days (including the day before and the day after).
THE DAY BEFORE
- Santiago is an old man from Cuba who wants to catch a fish.
- Manolin is his young companion and a friend.
- His parents don’t like Santiago because they think he brings bad luck.
- Manolin doesn’t go with Santiago on the boat.
THE FIRST DAY
- In the morning Santiago talks to Manolin about the fish. He loves the sea and it is his whole life.
- Santiago wants to catch a really big fish so he sails out far.
- He sets his fishing pole and watches a bird and a dolphin looking for food.
- The big fish starts pulling the line. Santiago talks to it.
- The fish pulls the boat.