The Old Man and the Sea Questions and Answers
by Ernest Hemingway

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In The Old Man and the Sea, do you see the Old Man's adventure at sea as a triumph or a defeat, and what message is Hemingway trying to convey to the reader from his great encounter?

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In the story, the old man is a fisherman who hooks a large fish and tries to reel him in. The battle between the two lasts for a long time and creates both physical and spiritual tension for the old man. The fish fights the old man and thrashes against the hook that has landed him at the end of the old man’s fishing reel. Yet it is an honorable battle between two experienced adversaries.

We know that the old man is experienced because, after all, he is old and...

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