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by Ernest Hemingway

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Describe the mixed emotions the old man feels about his victory over the great marlin in The Old Man and the Sea. Do you find his reaction believable?

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The thing to note here is that while the old man was victorious over the great marlin in terms of ultimately getting it back to shore, the victory was hollow in that the meat had been eaten by sharks en route back to shore, leaving him with just a skeleton for his efforts. It was therefore a victory that didn’t come with any profits for him.


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