Sunday, June 3, 2018
Friday, June 10, 2016
Once upon a time in a land far far away . . .
I love to ask people to tell me a story. I require them to start it out with "Once upon a time in a land far far away . . ."
I have spent too much time away from writing my thoughts. However, my thoughts are like the thousands of sands trying to get through the neck of the hourglass at one time. I haven't been taking advantage of the venues to express those ideas. Instead, I have been trying to ignore them, stint them while the bottleneck of ideas have made me physically exhausted. I run to release the ideas and clear my head. It's time to set the ideas free and pass them on.
I need to make it part of my routine. I need to blog regularly, I need to tweet regularly, and I need to pass on the ideas. In the recent past, I have feared that I would send out too much information, pass on too many ideas. I need to pass on the ideas and leave it up to everyone else whether they want to hear/entertain them.
The Thoughts of a Pirate blog may gain some more random posts, but the educational posts on my other blog will increase.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
can I get choked up watching a tv show or movie, but I cannot feel
what I need to feel? Why do I have to be strong for everyone else?
When . . . when do I get to just be . . . be relaxed . . . be carefree
. . . be taken care of instead of being the caretaker . . . be in a
position where I know I can let my guard down long enough to cry . . .
be . . . just be? When I'm alone, my chest aches, my cheeks feel
weighted down, my jaw feels heavy, my throat tightens . . . but I
don't cry. Logic tells me to cry. I rationalize all of my decisions
. . . even when I conclude that crying is the solution, the tears
won't come. I don't look for problems to solve - people bring their
problems to me. I solve problems because they are there, not because
the problems are a challenge, but because that's what you do with
problems . . . you solve them, almost a compulsion. I don't know how
to "stop." I don't know how to shut down. I know what I have to do
. . . can a stone-heart do what needs to be done, what has to be done?
I need to cry - I have to cry. I need to feel human, not like the
machine that I have become. I have empathy for other people's
situations, but strain to feel this time. Instead of being able to
feel, I feel . . . confusion . . . about not being able to feel. I
ache, but not enough to cry. If I cry, I can heal . . . I need to
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Hemingway immediately initiates Christian numerology in the first paragraph. He refers to the “first forty days” that Santiago has been fishing – “forty days without a fish” (Hemingway 9). According to the Religion Facts website, forty represents “trial or testing” (“Numbers”). The site references Biblical incidents related to forty such as “Noah's flood, Israel's wandering in the wilderness, Moses' stay on Mt. Sinai, and Jesus' temptation in the wilderness all lasted forty days [and] The Lenten Season” (“Numbers”). Hemingway then expresses that in the forty day period, Santiago has not caught any fish (Hemingway 9). While GodWeb states that “the initial letters of each word in the Greek phrase ‘Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior’ form the word ICHTHUS, which means ‘fish’” (Henderson), Hemingway shows that there is no savior at the beginning of the novel – Santiago is a mere fisherman in the likes of Jesus.
Because of Santiago’s bad luck, Manolin’s parents make him switch to a different team of fisherman, who then catch “three good fish the first week” (Hemingway 9). The ReligionFacts website identifies the number three with the Trinity and seven (one week) with perfection for various reasons, including the seven days of Creation, Paul’s seven gifts of the spirit, and the seven seals, seven churches, etc. of Revelations (“Numbers”). Obviously, Hemingway intends to express the lack of faith in Santiago and the false hope placed in the other fishermen. Using these objects and numbers , Hemingway is able to set the tone for Santiago to become the Messiah, suffering as Christ did as well as saving the fishermen by opening the “gates” to good fishing, as Christ saved his “fishermen” (most of his disciples were fishermen that gave up everything to follow Him) by opening the gates to heaven.
With such intense symbolism in the first page, it is obvious that this analysis can be continued throughout the novel.
Sources (MLA version 7):
Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952. Print.
Henderson, Charles. "The Fish as a Symbol of Christianity." GodWeb. N.p., 23 Nov. 2008. Web. 02 July 2009.
"Numbers in Christian Symbolism - ReligionFacts." Religion, World Religions, Comparative Religion - Just the facts on the world's religions. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 July 2009.