Title Profile & Character Information

The Old Man and the Sea

Annotation
The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway’s most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal—a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Awards
1953  Pulitzer Prize

Characters
NameSantiago
GenderMale
OccupationFisherman
TraitsWidower
Cuban

GenreClassic
Literary
Adventure
Psychological
Parable
Fiction
TopicsHuman nature
Aging
Fishing
Man and nature
Pride
Loss
SettingCuba
Gulf Stream
Sea