Seeing Humanity In Sea Creatures In "The Old Man And The Sea"

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In the book, the Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, the Old man describes many sea animals that reveal how Hemingway views on humankind values and morality. The Old man saw different aspects of humanity n every sea creature. Three sea creatures that Ernest Hemingway described were the jellyfish, sea turtle, and the mako shark. The jellyfish is like a disguised beauty, a sea turtle is very stron, and the mako shark is like a thief.
The Old man describes the jellyfish by saying that they were beautiful, but if stung by the jellyfish, it hurts like a whiplash. The Old man also says, “The iridescent bubbles were beautiful. But they were the falsest thing in the sea…” The Old man said that jellyfish are like people who have a beautiful physical appearance and are very engaging. However, you never know what this jellyfish is planning inside. You never know when this jellyfish’s tentacles will sting you. The jellyfish tries to get what it wants through wangle.
Another sea creature that the Old man describes is the turtle. Here is what the old man thinks while watching the turtles: “Most people are heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after he has been cut up and butchered. But the Old man thought, I have such a heart too and my feet and hands are like theirs.” The Old man felt sorry for the turtles because people didn’t respect these friendly animals. People would cut them up and eat them. He felt attached to these creatures because he believed that he had a strong heart, feet, and hands like the magnificent turtles. He describes how he ate turtle eggs to give himself strength. By showing the scene in which the turtle ate the jellyfish, Hemingway was trying to how the...

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