The Old Man and the Sea

how does hemingway describe suffering? cite examples from novels

how does hemingway describe suffering

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In each of Hemingway's novels we see characters who work through their pain and suffering. Thus, I believe he sees suffering as something we all need to push aside and conquer.

Santiago steels himself against his pain by telling himself, "suffer like a man. Or a fish," referring to the marlin (92). As he struggles against the marlin despite the pain he suffers, Santiago recalls the figure of Joe DiMaggio, identified at the beginning of the novella as a heroic paragon. "I must have confidence," thought Santiago, "and I must be worthy of the great DiMaggio who does all things perfectly even with the pain of the bone spur in his heel" (68).