Comparing and contrasting Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea is a short fictional story consisting of 127 pages. The story was published in 1952 and was written in Cuba - Comparing and contrasting Ernest Hemingway introduction. The short story was based on Santiago an old Cuban fisherman who fights with a giant marlin faraway into the Gulf Stream. The Old Man and the Sea was the last fictional work by Ernest Hemingway. This short story is a very important twentieth century tale. Because of the success of the short story Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway was chosen for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
In contrast to The Old Man and the Sea, The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories is a collection of writings also by Ernest Hemingway. The collection includes the full length play of Hemingway. The play is based on an American main character by the name of Philip Rawlings. He is a secret agent for the second Spanish Republic. However, due to its poor publication when it was received, the other collection of writings overpowered this particular play. The play, The Fifth Column, was written during the Spanish Civil War.
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When reading The Old Man and the Sea, it is important for the reader to focus on the speech in the novella that the author is using in order to completely understand Hemingway’s purpose in the book. Hemingway uses language as a way to create a realistic picture of the characters that are in the story. “When the old man sits in his boat, he talks in monologues. They make the reader experience his long path through life as he often digresses to the time when he was young” (Internet). The monologues in this story reveal that the character is lonely on his boat and the way the character attempts to conquer his overwhelming feeling of loneliness to obtain comfort, the character talks to the “sea, the moon and the stars” (Internet).
In conclusion, the Old Man and the Sea is just a novella focusing on one story while the Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories is a made up of full length play as well as consisting of 49 different short stories.
Department of English at Gymnasium Steglitz, Berlin, Germany. 2000-2002. 02 May 2009