The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea Perseverance Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Day.Paragraph). We artificially created chapters by defining "days," because there are no chapter breaks in Old Man and the Sea. Here’s how we divided up the days:
- Day 1 = the start of the book until the old man falls asleep for the night
- Day 2 = begins when the old man wakes up and goes until sunrise of the next day
- Day 3 = begins at sunrise and goes until the old man dreams about the lions
- Day 4 = begins when the old man wakes and ends when the old man gets back to his shack for the night
- Day 5 = begins with the boy seeing the old man in the morning and goes until the end of the book
The old man is superior to others not because of his strength, but because of his willingness to endure pain and his determination to win.
Although the black man is a better athlete than the old man, the old man is more determined and therefore wins.
The old man uses his own determination to test the limits of that of the fish.
The old man’s determination pays off; while he cannot beat the fish in strength, he slowly wears him down instead.
That the old man speaks to himself illustrates the intensity of the situation; he has to verbally convince himself to endure.
Because the old man addresses his body, we see a difference in psychological determination, which is undying, and physical determination, which has its limits.