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by Ernest Hemingway

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Write an analysis essay about The Old Man and the Sea that includes the setting of the story, the symbol of the story, and citations.  

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Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954 for his novella The Old Man and the Sea. The book might be analyzed from a variety of perspectives and while the setting of the tale and symbolic references are most often the subject of analysis, the style and structure of the work are sometimes ignored.

Traditionally, the style of a prose work is the method of linguistic expression the author chooses to use in order to get a point across to the readers. Usually, style is unique to world-class writers and Hemingway is no exception. His words are akin to poetic prose. In The Old Man and the Sea, he offers a simple classical style. For example, in describing Santiago’s relationship with the boy, Hemingway writes, “The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him” (10). The author’s simple style mirrors the simple life of a Cuban fisherman. There is a myriad of examples of Hemingway’s clarity that should be explored by students attempting to...

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