The Man, Ernest Hemingway
I introduced Hemingway in class today. I called him my pretend grandpa. Obviously, I totally admire him as a writer. I want you to begin by watching these short videos that will help you understand who he is:
Here is his Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech:
Here is a video where he is talking about the Cuban influence that we see in his book The Old Man and the Sea. It is so neat, because you actually get to hear his voice and he is speaking Spanish. Pretty cool.
The Old Man and the Sea
This week you get to read The Old Man and the Sea. Like I said in class, I want you to try to read it in as close to one sitting as possible. If you can take a whole day to read it, that is wonderful. Santiago is out at sea for a long time; this story is about his unending ordeal. I want you to feel part of it. I want you to feel like you are with him, out at sea, and you are not done until he is. See if possibly you can double up on your other work on another day and try to get through this book in one marathon reading session. It is not that long.
As you read the book I want you take “Brandi Notes” and in the back write down the words honor, perseverance, and respect. Each time you read something that has to do with any of those three words please write the page number under it in the back (just like with Uncle Tom’s Cabin). Also, we talked in class how Biblically speaking, Hemingway was immoral–but that he did have values.
Please discuss his values in the comment section below.
Please do not give any spoilers though.
I don’t want people who haven’t finished it yet to know how it ends.
Questions for the Reading (due Friday)
1. What are Santiago’s flaws and weaknesses?
2. What role does luck play in the book?
3. Describe the relationship between Santiago and Manolin.
4. How is Santiago proud and humble at the same time?
5. Who laughs at him? Who respects him?
6. What in Santiago’s character makes him a hero?
7. Why does Santiago call the sea “la mar?”
8. Describe ways in which Santiago demonstrates his fishing skill and explain why this is important to a Hemingway hero?
9. How does Santiago feel about the marlin?
10. Why does he say the marlin is more noble than he is?
11. How does Hemingway stress the endurance of Santiago?
12. What honorable traits does Santiago have, that Hemingway values in a man?
I put some fun and interesting pictures and quotes below for you to look at.