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The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Man and the Natural World Quotes

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Quote #1

Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated. (1.3)

The old man has a kinship with the natural world reflected in his physical description.

Quote #2

Usually when he smelled the land breeze he woke up and dressed to go and wake the boy. But tonight the smell of the land breeze came very early and he knew it was too early in his dream and went on dreaming to see the white peaks of the Islands rising from the sea and then he dreamed of the different harbours and roadsteads of the Canary Islands. (1.151)

The old man’s kinship with the natural world is reflected in his dreams.

Quote #3

He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and of the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the boy. He never dreamed about the boy. (1.152)

The old man values places even above people; this may explain his loneliness and isolation.

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