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I read this book a long Hook up after divorce ago, so I decided to read it again. Since I had originally read it as a kid, I suspected it would take on a different meaning reading it as an adult.


The Old Man and the Sea — Santiago hooks a giant marlin. Read as a symbolic novel with overtones of religion, identity, life and death, I feel it has a much richer set of meaning layers and can Women want hot sex Sheridan be read through the lens of depth psychology as an individuation narrative, a Hero Myth. The Jungian concept of individuation entails a process of gradual and lifelong connecting with the unconscious at ever deeper layers, ultimately with the collective unconscious which is hard to define but in some ways can be understood as nature itself.

This process of connecting with and owning all our archetypal aspects, energies or identities le to greater wholeness and Wife want hot sex Paden City lesser tendency for unconscious acting out of destructive complexes. In essence it is a maturation journey, full of struggles and epiphanies. It is also an existential task, to come to terms with death as inevitable and therefore to adopt a meaning-based attitude towards life.

Several layers of symbolic meaning are to be noted and Hemingway builds these gradually by setting out the relationship between the old man Santiago and the Online dating first response email Manolin. The boy will become the old man one day and has much to learn from him; at the same time the old man sees himself in the boy and remembers the happiness of his youth — Adult seeking casual sex SC Easley 29640 cyclical regeneration of human life and the transmission of culture.

Santiago dreams of lion cubs on the beach, a sight he marvelled at in his youth when working on fishing boats going to Africa. While he knows he has much intelligence and My big fish must be somewhere, he is also mindful of his poverty and ageing body. He identifies with the fish and the turtles, seeing in them both the dignity and the vulnerability of his own self. During the fight, he feels sorry for the fish, as well as for his own suffering holding the lines with bleeding hands and an aching back.

He has learned all his life how to suffer and to make meaning from it, then to enjoy the rewards when they arrive. Living so close to nature and struggling for every piece of sustenance, there are lessons to be learned and truths to be remembered from the old man Santiago and his apprentice Manolin.

I was carried away by it and truelly uplifted. Susan Scott Sep 09, Like Liked by 1 person. I read this book some time ago in high school. Thank you for your analysis, which sheds more light on it from where I am today.

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I spent some time in Japan, teaching English and supporting community work there. The theme, I believe will be much different — maybe not. I loved the Japanese culture. Roberta McDonnell Sep 08, Hi there and thanks for your comments and pointers. Your adventures sound remarkable, would love to hear more. My eldest daughter is an illustrator and loves all things Japanese her Alamo spa san antonio is fionamcdonnell. Interested to hear about your experiences of culture shock too and wonder if you have found yourself able to integrate both cultures into any kind of synthesis?

I grew up in Northern Ireland, a divided society with strong cultural clashes, and I am also in a mixed marriage as they call it here, however I find that enriching and our children attended integrated schools which also creates a kind of smorgasbord culture — I believe the biggest cultural threat worldwide is materialism and runaway capitalism, though I do also believe that humans will make meaning whatever context we find ourselves in.

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And yes, I am still continuing to complete a workable synthesis of these polarities within.

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