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The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Perseverance Quotes

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Quote #10

But he seems calm, he thought, and following his plan. But what is his plan, he thought. And what is mine? Mine I must improvise to his because of his great size. If he will jump I can kill him. But he stays down forever. Then I will stay down with him forever. (3.47)

The old man’s determination takes on new levels as the tale progresses.

Quote #11

I must save all my strength now. Christ, I did not know he was so big."

"I’ll kill him though," he said. "In all his greatness and his glory."

Although it is unjust, he thought. But I will show him what a man can do and what a man endures. (3.73-3.75)

The old man separates man from beast by man’s ability to endure.

Quote #12

"I told the boy I was a strange old man," he said.

"Now is when I must prove it."

The thousand times that he had proved it meant nothing. Now he was proving it again. Each time was a new time and he never thought about the past when he was doing it. I wish he’d sleep and I could sleep and dream about the lions, he thought. Why are the lions the main thing that is left? (3.3.76-3.78)

The old man sees his own determination to prove himself reflected in the lions.

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