The Old Man and the Sea
Ernest Hemmingway
Contributed by Harvey Landy
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Chapter 1

When we first meet the old man, he is already down on his luck. The old man (who goes by that name throughout much of the novel, but whose real nam...

Chapter 2

When the boy returns, Santiago is still asleep. The boy wakes him up and offers the old man dinner that he bought at the Terrace. At first, the old...

Chapter 3

Even though it is still dark, Santiago rows out of the harbor into the sea in search of the elusive fish. But he was not alone. Many other boats em...

Chapter 4

From the area of water circled by the bird emerged a school of tuna jumping out of the water. The old man hoped they don’t move too fast, so that...

Chapter 5

The old man begins to feel bad for the great fish he had hooked. The strange, old, gigantic fish must have been hooked many times, he thinks, and t...

Chapter 6

The cut on his hand concerns the old man-not so much for the pain at the moment, but rather because he knew he would need to rely on it to conquer ...

Chapter 7

With his eyes growing tired, the old man’s thoughts turn to his favorite pastime, baseball. He wonders if Joe DiMaggio would be able to stay with...

Chapter 8

He did not dream of the lions on the beach of Africa as he often did at home in Cuba but rather dreamed about a vast school of porpoises jumping ab...

Chapter 9

The great fish comes to the surface only thirty yards away from the boat. Its tail, larger than a big scythe blade, rises above the surface, its do...

Chapter 10

Although Santiago felt faint and sick, he convinced himself to perform the "slave work" needed to secure the fish and head home. The old man was in...

Chapter 11

The fresh breeze drives the skiff quickly, and the old man hopes that he may be able to protect the great fish from more shark attacks. He believes...

Chapter 12

The old man hardly breathes and tastes blood in his mouth. He knows he had been defeated. Although more sharks come during the night to scrounge so...

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