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The Author and Literary Devices of. The Old Man and The Sea. by Ernest Hemingway. source: Hemingway began his serious fiction career in Paris. source:

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The Author and Literary Devices of

The Old Man and The Sea

by Ernest Hemingway



Hemingway began his serious fiction career in Paris.


when hemingway was older he lived in cuba bought a boat and became a serious fisherman
When Hemingway was older, he lived in Cuba, bought a boat, and became a serious fisherman.




Hemingway wrote The Old Man and the Sea at his home in Cuba and it was first published in LIFE magazine in 1952.

He won the 1953 Pulitzer Prize and the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.



Gregorio Fuentes. 101 and still smoking.

Gregorio Fuentes with Hemingway.



Gregorio Fuentes, his real-life fishing buddy in Cuba, became his inspiration for Santiago, the protagonist in The Old Man and the Sea.


The Old Man and the Sea is considered a novella.


- an extended fictional prose narrative that is longer than a short story, but not quite as long as a novel. We might arbitrarily assign an approximate length of 20,000-50,000 words.

Dream Sequence– part of a story which occurs when the character has a series of thoughts images, or emotions during sleep

He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and of the lions on the beach. The played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the boy. p. 22


Flashback- an interruption of a work's chronology to describe or present an incident that occurred prior to the main time frame of a work's action. Writers use flashbacks to complicate the sense of chronology in the plot of their works and to convey the richness of the experience of human time.

The match had started on a Sunday morning and ended on a Monday morning. Many of the bettors had asked for a draw because they had to go to work on the docks loading sacks of sugar or at the Havana Coal Company. Otherwise everyone would have wanted it to go a finish. But he had finished it anyway and before anyone had to go to work. p. 69