How do you  interpret this statement? In The Old Man and the Sea -briefly.'but it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars its enough to live on the sea and kill...

How do you  interpret this statement? In The Old Man and the Sea -briefly.

'but it is good that we do not have to try to kill the sun or the moon or the stars its enough to live on the sea and kill our true brothers'

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In the novel 'The Old Man and the Sea' Hemingway is trying to say that the old man feels that he has overstepped the mark, and gone way too far - in terms of the water 'out' on the open water, and in terms of his behavior 'extreme.' For example, it was once just enough to kill a fish because he has to for food or livelihood and because his job is as a fisherman - now he beleives he felt he had something to prove - something more. It may be to do with ego, status, ambition or pride in his skills and the accolades they could bring him. To him, this is akin to going even further than killing fish out of necessity and is like killing existence itself (the stars,our universe.) In so doing he is in danger of bringing down the end of the world on us all, animals and humans alike as the forces of destruction are unleashed. It is an important work as the identity of many Americans began at sea - and there are even debates as to the connection of the native Americans with the Vikings.

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