Page 50. “Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for.” Page 10. “Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated.” I think the mere fact that a man of his age is so unyielding in his decision to continue fishing proves his own resolute determination. He is obviously encumbered by a number of physical weaknesses that come with old age, and yet it is this cheerful and undeafeated look in his airs that propels his entire character to continue on with what he loves: fishing. Pages 10-11. Boy talking about his father: “He hasn’t much faith.” Man: “’No,’ the old man said. ‘But we have. Haven’t we?” In which the boy responded yes. Page 14. Man speaks of going far out. “
Page 28. “The old man knew he was going far out and he left the smell of the land behind and rowed out into the clean early morning smell of the ocean. Page 32. “Talking about his fishing lines: “But he thought I keep them with precision. Only I have no luck anymore. But who knows? Maybe today. Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.” Even when there is the most petty Page 35. “He watched the flying fish burst out again and again and the ineffectual movements of the bird. That school has gotten away from me, he thought. They are moving out too fast and too far. But perhaps I will pick up a stray and perhaps my big fish is around them. My big fish must be somewhere.” It seems as though the old man is always speaking of his challenges in such way that we obtain a feeling of inevitability, as if they were the cross that he has to bear. He is constantly reminding us of this painstaking issue, and yet he also seems to attach a bit of his own perseverance and determined attitude to his dreadful hardships. Page 40. “Now is no time to think of baseball, he thought. Now is the time to think of only one thing....
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