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The Old Man and the Sea Three Act Plot Analysis

By Ernest Hemingway

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

The old man hasn’t caught a fish in eighty-four days, which is a decidedly bad thing.

Act II

The old man hooks, battles with, and ultimately kills a really, really, ridiculously big marlin.

Act III

Sharks eat the fish and the old man admits he has been defeated. But has he? He falls asleep, dreaming about lions.