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《老人与海》英文读后感

A Man Never Defeated

Abstract:

The Old Man and the Sea is a very brief, simple story of an old Cuban man named Santiago .In order to catch a big fish to prove himself, he sails far into the gulf waters, and go through an ordeal at sea. He fights against the marlin, and the sharks with great courange and determination; because in his opinion, a man can be destroyed but not defeated. During his solitary ordeal at sea, Santiago proves himself with his independence, perseverance, bravery and tenacity. Though he comes back to shore with only a skeleton of the marlin and his wound and fatigue, he knows that he is not defeated. The skeleton of the marlin is the proof of his heroic deed.

During the novella, Hemingway deliberately descripes about Santiago’s dreams, experiences in his life in the form of his recalls and also his friendship with a boy named Manolin, which contribute to Santiago’s personal qualities of stoicism and persistance and not being defeated.

Key Words:

Santiago tenacity recalls dreams boy

The Old Man and the Sea is a very brief and simple story of an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago.He is very poor and he leads a solitary life after his wife died. Though all of his possessions consist of little more than the clothes he wears and a skiff, the readers can not ignore that he is really rich in his spiritual world. Endued with determination, perseverance, and stoicism by Ernest Hemingway, Santiago makes a strong impression on all the readers.

The Old Man and the Sea is famous for one sentence,〝A man can be destroyed but not defeated.〞, which said by Santiago during the solitary days at sea. When he tries to kill the marlin, and fights agaist the sharks, he tells himself constantly he cannot be defeated, thus he bears all the pain with great perseverance. In the author’s opinion, Santiago is very confident, brave and tough. His life, his experience, and the relationship between him and the Manolin are important to him. To a great extent, they play the role of the key factors for Santiago to be confident, tough and not defeated.

Ⅰ.Santiago’s life and his characteristics contribute him to be a hero

The solitary life of this character engenders both the readers sympathy and admiration. Santiago’s

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