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by Ernest Hemingway

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In The Old Man and the Sea, how does the philosophy that "a man is not made for a defeat ... a man can be destroyed but not defeated" shed light on the entire encounter between the Old Man and the Great Marlin?

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Although the old man, Santiago, loses most of his great marlinall but the skeletonto a school of sharks, he is not destroyed or defeated.

The old man badly needed a fish catch, as he had not had one in 84 days. Also, the great marlin would have earned him a great deal of money had he been able to sell the meat. However, people on shore are impressed with the size of the catch based on the bones of the carcass he drags back to land: they have never seen a marlin so large.

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