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

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Which particular episode in The Old Man and the Sea do you remember the most?

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Ernest Hemingway's novella has many memorable moments. Santiago engages in an epic existential battle with the giant fish and, by extension, with the forces of nature in general. Within the story's action, days pass with little happening. The sudden changes mark several episodes that stand out.

When he hooks the fish and realizes the size of his catch is one notable moment. Another occurs when the fish pulls him along. Tension builds as the sharks begin to threaten not just his prize but the fisherman himself. Some readers are most impressed by the old man's tenacity and the pathos of the ending, as he has lost the catch of a lifetime but can never lose the knowledge of his mastery, however brief, of the elements.

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