Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hemingway as a religious writer

One book I'm very interested in, although I haven't really studied, is The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway.

In doing some cleaning I found some old English notes on this novella, and specifically about his novella as a piece of religious writing, and I wanted to share it here. Just in case any of my followers are as nutty as me. :)

I don't remember the reason for why everything I noted down was supposed to be a religious reference, but oh well. Here goes!

SPOILERS

Old man has a disciple -- the boy (10, etc)
***"He hasn't much faith" said of the boy's father (10)

Santiago has gone 40 days without catching a fish when boy left him (9)

Santiago -- is simple, and has humility (13)
***Feels that it is no loss to his pride (14)

Pictures on wall of his home -- Sacred Heart of Jesus, Virgin on Cobre (16)
***These were relics of his wife (16)

Man calls boy "my son" (17)

Old man loves lions has he loved the boy (25)

The flying fish are his friends (29)

"My big fish must be somewhere" (35).
***Jesus is referred to as the/a "big fish"

"He had no mysticism about turtles (37).

Eighty-fifth day he had luck

Where Santiago prays/mentions God: pgs 42, 45, 53, 56, 60, 63, 66, 68, 85, 103, 110

He pitied hte fish he'd hooked (48)

Loves and respects fish, but still determined to kill it (54)

Right hand bleeding (56)
***The working part of his hand (57)
Left hand cramped (58)
***Almost like rigor mortis (59)

The fish is his brother (59)

Fish is purple (62)
***color of royalty!!!!
Fish jumps -- man sees him for first time (62)

Fish less intelligent than humans, but are mor enoble and able (63)

Wishes he were the fish (64)

Says Our Fathers and Hail Marys (65)
***"I am not religious" (64)
He says the prayers automatically (65)

Promises to make a pilgrimage to Virgon of Cobre if he catches hte fish (65)

He only dreams of lions (66)
Used to be able to see in the dark almost like a cat (67)
***He's the lion!!!! A Christ figure. =D

Shares a parable in middle of story -- arm wrestling with negro (68-70)

Back goes from painful to dull (74)

Live on sea and kill true brothers (75)

Hand phosphorescent from skinning a fish (79)

Fish circling (86-??)

Promises Our Father's and Hail Marys (87)
***Never does say them during story

"Fish, you are going to die anyways. Do you have to kill me too?" (92)
He doesn't care who kills who -- the fish has a right to kill him (92)
Suffer like a man, or like a fish (92)

Fish came alive upon death (94)

Who's bringing who in? (99)
Man only better than the fish through trickery (99)

Catching the fish was too good to last (101)

First shark took about 40 pounds off the fish (103)
On upside, the boat is lighty for the loss of 40 lb 103)

"A man can be destroyed but not defeated" (103).

Sorry he killed the fish (103)
Perhaps he wasn't more intelligent than the fish (103)

Reflecting on sin (105)

"everything kills everything else (106)

Shark swallowed food while dying (108)

"It makes everything wrong" (110).

mistake to go out so far (110)

Many things he should have brought, but didn't (110)

"Only the boy to worry, of course" (115)
***Then -- plenty others will worry too (115)

He couldn't talk tot he fish anymore, because it was mutilitated -- "half fish" (115)
***Does talk to fish anyways (115)

Too tired to say promised Hail Marys and Our Fathers (116)

Violated luck by going out too far (116)

Knew he was beaten (119)
***REMEMBER..."A man can be destroyed but not defeated" (103)

A cat passes as he carries the mast (121)

Dragging the mast (121)
***Like Jesus carrying his cross
***Very tired, kept resting (121)

Boy cried when he saw man's hands (122)

Fish head to be used for fish traps (124)

Sharks defeated him (124)

He was gone for 3 days!!!

Says he felt something broken in his chest (125)

Tourists are clueless about the whole thingy (127)

Ends with him dreaming about lions (127)

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And there are my notes!

I recall that I also had a short essay on the subject that I wrote for an exam. I might share that later...

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