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读书报告题目 The Old Man and the Sea

201 4 年 5 月 23 日

The old Man and the Sea

浙江万里学院外语学院英语系综合英语研习作业

I. Introduction

Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations. Hemingway produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s, and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works. Additional works, including three novels, four short story collections, and three non-fiction works, were published posthumously. Many of his works are considered classics of American literature.

The Old Man and the Sea is a novel written by Hemingway in 1951 in Cuba, and published in 1952. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway and published in his lifetime. One of his most famous works, it centers upon Santiago, an aging fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954. Shortly after the publication of The Old Man and the Sea (1952), Hemingway went on safari to Africa, where he was almost killed in two successive plane crashes that left him in pain or ill health for much of his remaining lifetime. Hemingway maintained permanent residences in Key West, Florida (1930s) and Cuba (1940s and 1950s), and in 1959, he bought a house in Ketchum, Idaho, where he committed suicide in the summer of 1961.

II. A Summary of the Book

Santiago is a fish man in Cuba, when he was young, he is excellent and strong. Once he wrested wresting with a black man, they competed about whole day, he won finally. When he became old, his life is miserable that he lives alone in a rough house near the sea. The old man catch fish alone and he has continuously not caught fish for 84 days, all people think he is unlucky. The boy followed him is also asked to leave the old man by his parents, but he still accompany the old man. On the second day, the 85th day, he decided to catch the fish in unknown sea to prove his ability and

浙江万里学院外语学院英语系综合英语研习作业

courage. In the sea, old man finds a very big marlin. He is hanging the fish with fishhook. However, he never considers that he would contend with marlin for so long time. He faces various difficulties such as: hunger, cold, no water to drink, no instrument to catch the fish and the left hand cramp. These all become stumbling blocks during the process. In the third day morning, the old man stabs the marlin’s heart by fish spear. Nevertheless, when he comes back, the blood of marlin attracts the sharks; the sharks assault the marlin five times. The old man uses fish spear, quant and knife to resist sharks in order to protect his marlin. Finally he arrived safely, but, there only leaves a huge skeleton of marlin. The marlin has already been eaten by sharks.

III. Comments

Failure is very scared in many people ’s minds. Once it savages, it can smash people ’s spirits and make people lose the hope of life. If you can beat the failure, the success would belong to you. Santiago is the man who can flight with failure,

I remembered clearly, the old man says: But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. This the most impressive sentence for me. One’s external body can be tormented, but the internal mind is sacrosanct. Falling also means standing up in another word. In a scene, which is like a dream, it will be the end of the victory. This is the soul of Santiago. It also is the spiritual level that the old man would never give up. I think this is the definition of greatness. Santiago is lonely in the sea, when he is alone on the sea; I almost see my own shadow. When I entered the university, I lost the way and my original dream. I can not find the exit. I can no longer like the little prince. He looked the rose growing in his planet as the only one of the most beautiful flowers. I felt love dearly. There are too much shining over me and helpless rose in my mind. When I finished this book, I asked myself why I can not like Santiago to flight with failure and loneliness. The process of growth is always alone. It is the biggest problem in my life, because I fear the loneliness. Nevertheless, I realized that I must put up with it. I am not a hero, may be never. I can’t stop my step to success and lose my dream. It is what I need to do and should do. If I can do this, I just can tell myself: I am strong and like old man, never give in.

浙江万里学院外语学院英语系综合英语研习作业

In the book, there is a very cute boy----Maolin. Maolin means sunshine and kindness in that society. The society is so dark that boy’s love is warm to the old man. In that times, when the old man have not caught the fish for 85 days , all the people look down upon him, even if they don’t laugh at him face to face. Only does the boy always follow the old man and accompany him. Maolin goes to see Santiago every day and look after him. The old man is the boy’s belief. The litter boy not only learns the fishing skills from the old man, but also learned the same character like a “tough guy ”.

When the old man was catching fish in the sea, he always misses the little boy, because the boy gives him hope. In the whole book, villagers is the symbol of the dark capitalist society, and the little boy always shows his goodness. The old man is the symbol of the persistence and the boy is the symbol of love. Both of them give me a shock. The old man teaches us that we should flight with failure. Failure is the mother of the success. We can see the rainbow after the rain, so we can not give up the hope of everything. Nothing is impossible. The little boy teaches us that we need to keep a sincere heart to treat others. When we have power to give others wildness, don’t be mean and the others would be happy. Giving others hope and love. The society needs kindness.

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