English and Literature
Submitted By maiesha07
25 Oct 2012
Both of these texts describe situations in which the lone character got into big problem(s), and ultimately, was unable to reach full success.
Things just did not work out.
is, is there evidence in the text, is there reason to believe, that the author would have wanted the character to do anything differently, so that the end result was successful?
That is, might the author like us to think that these two situations, Santiago’s fishing trip(s) or Amelie at Yumimoto
that the author never intended for the character to
succeed, never cared about succeeding;
the character failed in
a big way because it was a story about failing; the point was not to advise the reader ‘don’t do it like this’; the point was,
‘there are important lessons people should learn about failure and humiliation.
Both the stories, Old Man and the Sea and Fear and
Trembling have similarities. The main character go through hardships, suffering till the end, Santiago with catching the fish but losing it and Amelie getting hired at Yumimoto as a translator ends up cleaning bathrooms there.
I believe that Hemingway never really cared about succeeding. I agree that the character failed in a big way but the point was not to advise the reader ‘don’t do it like this’; the point was, ‘there are important lessons people should learn about failure and humiliation.’ Santiago does not catch a single fish for consecutive eighty-four days and then when he goes determined that he must, he does. But if Hemingway showed that
Santiago caught the fish after three days of non-stop struggle and came back a hero, it would end up being just like every other story, a cliché. These kinds of stories are what bores people because not only is it unrealistic but many cannot relate to it. Not every…...