The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
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The Old Man and the Sea Suffering Quotes Page 2

Page (2 of 7) Quotes:   1    2    3    4    5    6    7  
How we cite the 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
Quote #4

I wonder what he made that lurch for, he thought. The wire must have slipped on the great hill of his back. Certainly his back cannot feel as badly as mine does. But he cannot pull this skiff forever, no matter how great he is. Now everything is cleared away that might make trouble and I have a big reserve of line; all that a man can ask. (2.104)

The old man compares his pain to the pain of the fish; this is what allows him to see brotherhood between them.

Quote #5

It encouraged him to talk because his back had stiffened in the night and it hurt truly now. (3.17)

The old man’s pain is heightened by his isolation; therefore, when he wishes for the boy; it is partly as a distraction from his discomfort.

Quote #6

The bird had flown up when the line jerked and the old man had not even seen him go. He felt the line carefully with his right hand and noticed his hand was bleeding.

"Something hurt him then," he said aloud and pulled back on the line to see if he could turn the fish. But when he was touching the breaking point he held steady and settled back against the strain of the line.

"You’re feeling it now, fish," he said. "And so, God knows, am I." (3.20-3.22)

The old man compares his pain to the pain of the fish; this is what allows him to see brotherhood between them.

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