The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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Discuss existentialism with reference to the novel The Old Man and the Sea.

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It is important to first consider a couple of the basic precepts of existentialism. Essentially, the existentialist protagonist seeks meaning and order in a chaotic and meaningless universe. Similarly, the existentialist protagonist struggles with his own sense of alienation and isolation in order to define him or herself.

With these tenets in mind, it...

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Existentialism is a philsophy that suggest that man has all control over his fate and the path his life will take. However, in The Old Man and the Sea, Santiago works hard, and still has no result for his work, being fishless for 84 days. I believe this part of the book is contrary to the beliefs of existentialism. But later, although Santiago is old, and should be weak from lack of food and sleep, he still manages to catch the marlin that is bigger than any he had ever seen.

 

*this is strictly my opinion and is in no way professionally backed. I do hope that you will at least consider my answer.

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