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1 Ernest Hemingway’s ultimate truth: “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

Ernest Hemingway (21 July 1899-2 July 1961) invented the Iceberg Theory as a short story writer, novelist, journalist, and ambulance driver. He learned much from “The Kansas City Star,” a news company, where, being a journalist, he quickly acquired that the truth remains hidden beneath the surface of the story. Whether a child is forced to learn or not, a ...

Ernest Hemingway (21 July 1899-2 July 1961) invented the Iceberg Theory as a short story writer, novelist, journalist, and ambulance driver. He learned much from “The Kansas City Star,” a news company, where, being a journalist, he quickly acquired that the truth remains hidden beneath the surface of the story.

Whether a child is forced to learn or not, a man born with skill eventually discovers the meaning of his life.

Hemingway’s first job was as a journalist at The Kansas City Star, where he actually entered the writing world. Illinois handsome boy and second child to Clarence Edmonds. The couple from Arts and Science. The mother of Ernest, Grace Hemingway was a musician married to Physician Clarence in 1896

Ernest Hemingway (21st July 1899 – 2 July 1961) in writing pose who invented the Iceberg Theory.

However, It is also true that all events occurs in life contributes to goal. Grace being a musician and wanted to teach her son music. She taught play the cello to an uninterested guy even she was aware of his curiosities. Hemingway was an athletic and well-trained sportsman. He liked boxing, track and field, football etc.

“When you go to war as a boy, you have a great illusion of immortality; other people get killed but not you. "Then the first time you lose that illusion, and you know it can happen to you.”

Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway's Bravery Recognized with Silver Medal

Ernest Hemingway in Milan 1918

Hemingway described the 1917’s horrified incident in his non-fiction book “Death in the afternoon”. When he had joined Milan as an Ambulance Driver, he had helped rescuers of Munitons Factory Explosion it is also called as Silvertown Explosion. At the same time he was seriously injured by mortar fire. However, Ernest assisted Italian soldiers to a safe place. For this bravery, Hemingway received the Silver Medal.

One of his short stories “The Old Man and The Sea” considered one of the most influential and successful work of Ernest Hemingway. There are so many things we can learn from the Old man. It was first published in 1951. The story of Santiago, aged experienced fisherman go hunting for a fish in the Gulf of the coast of Cuba. The north of the Gulf of Mexico.

He goes far hunting for a fish and finally grabbed a Giant Marlin. The Main part taking into consideration is the hard work of the old man. The important learning from this short novel is that “a man is not created for defeat.” A man should never give up, always keep on trying and with the best of his power and strength.

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Ernest Hemingway

It was the piece of work that many readers had started believing on the capability of Ernest Hemingway’s authorship. As well as, built well reputation in the literary career of his life. In 1953, the novel received the Pulitzer Price for Fiction and Nobel Prize in Literature (1954)

Plot:The Old Man and The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway

Plot:The Old Man and The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway

It is a story of Santiago, an experienced ageing man goes far into the sea hunting a fish. The novel starts with the Old man gone without catching a fish for 84 days. He goes far away into The Gulf of Mexico. Santiago was engaged in combat with a powerful marlin. His blotchy skin, wrinkles, and exposed skin to the hot sun revealed his unending strength. Manolin, his young apprentice, would bring his fishing equipment to the shack every evening, cook for him, and talk about baseball and his favorite player, Jo DiMaggio.

85th day Without Fish

Santiago tells Manolin that the next day he is going far in the North for fishing. He was that confident to end his misfortune of not being able to catch a single fish for 84 days. It was a challenge with himself not to see the 85th day without fish.

When the old man takes his skiff far into the north of Gulf Stream sets his lines and by the time sun on the top a big fish caught. But he was not sure about a marlin. The strength of the old man was on the toss. Sometimes Marlin used to pull Santiago in and out and examine the old man’s perseverance. But he was not the one who could easily give up. The grip of Santiago used to tight on every hard line. Moreover, he did not lose holding the line for two days and nights.

The old man’s intensity level began to increase on the third day, when marlin started circling the skiff. He kills the fish with his harpoon and straps the marlin to the site of his boat. As well as,  thinking the fish will bring a high price at market and counting how many people he will feed. However, on the way back to home. The worst of the unluckiest day he experienced.

The Perseverance of The Old Man

The sharks attack the blood of marlin and Santiago understood that sharks are coming to marlin. Thus, he kills a great Mako Shark with his harpoon, However, he looses the weapon. He did not give up. He quickly creates a harpoon made of a knife. Moreover, he Slains five sharks and many others driven away. But the old man’s strength sets with sun, difficult to stop many other sharks. By the end of the evening, all the shark devoured the marlin except the skeleton. Further, when he returned to the shore, he finds the skeleton of marlin consisting of head, tail, and backbone.

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