Our professor in VIDPRD1 asked us to read Ernest Hemingway’s classical novella: The Old Man and the Sea. After reading it, he asked us to select a specific passage and make a reaction about it. Here’s mine:
“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. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them as he loved the boy.”
The entire novella is a beautiful story about life. I really loved the instant comparisons I was able to think about while reading the story. Among all the passages, my favourite part was how Santiago described his dreams. How his previous dreams changed to the scenery of Africa. This passage simply reflects how Santiago in his dreams –whose dreams were previously occupied with adult things (such as his responsibilities in life) — eventually through his so-called old-age, his childhood suddenly emerged in his dreams. This passage represents nostalgia of youth’s vigor. I believe that this passage reflects all of us, we are so eager to grow up and experience worldly, realistic things that when we eventually grow old or mature, we begin to cherish what we have previously disregarded: the carefree youth which is for me, represents the most pure form of humanity. Without any hint of pain and anguish, our childhood reflects our innermost desires in the world.