Ernest Hemmingway?s Tragic Vision Of Man
Ernest Hemingway?s Tragic Vision of Man
In The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway, shows what has been called by many his “tragic vision of man.” Hemmingway?s view of life is that it is ultimately ironic. By accepting his world for what it is, and in finding out how to live in it, he has formed a tragic but glorifying vision of man.
Hemmingway explains that, “we are part of a universe offering no assurance beyond the grave, and we are to make what we can of life by a pragmatic ethic spun bravely out of man himself in full and steady cognizance that the end is darkness.” In more simple terms, we are born, we learn how to live, and we die not knowing what is next. This is what is so ironic about life. We are born to die, and along the way many more ironic things happen.
In The Old Man and the Sea, Santiago is Hemingway?s tool in proving his theory. The old man hooks an enormous marlin after eighty-four days of catching nothing. He uses every bit of his knowledge and strength to finally catch and kill the fish.
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