How does the old Man Finally kill the Marlin?

How does the old Man Finally kill the Fish?


Marlin, the old man hooks, drags his skiff for a couple of nights and two and half days. Another man in his place would have been panicky and given up but the old man knows better. He knows that a fish however strong and big it might be, can‟t drag the skiff forever. Hunger and toil must take its toll. In the meantime he eats raw tuna to keep himself strong.

At long last, the fish as he had predicted, starts circling. He now gains line with every circle, forcing the fish to come closer with every round. As the fish comes alongside, he pulls with all his strength, and turns “part way over” but then it rights itself and swims away. It happens several times. The old man says, “Fish you are going to have to die anyway. Do you have to kill me too?” he is so enamoured of the beauty and nobility of the fish that the calls it a brother. He even goes on to say, “Come on and kill me. I don’t care who kills who.”

As the fish, now tired and exhausted, comes along side, he drops the line, puts his foot on it, lifts the harpoon as high as he can and drives it down with all his might “into the fish’s side just behind the great chest fin.” He feels the iron go in and pushes “all his weight after it.” There oozes out a cloud of blood from the fish’s heart. It is dead. Soon it is afloat, green, golden and silver. The greatest adventure on sea has been accomplished although it is by no means the end of old man’s labour and struggle.


Note: Education has lots of advantages like Education teaches systemic thinking. Fundamental education gives a picture of phenomena in general, allows us to see the interrelationships between different areas. This gives flexibility. A person who has completed accounting courses can become an accountant, and even a good one. A graduate of a financial institution can become an accountant, an auditor, an analyst, a manager, a financial controller, an underwriter.

Simply, now the idea of education is somewhat distorted. By and large, education in those or other educational institutions will not give you coveted financial literacy, as well as worldly wisdom, which you need to learn in practice and preferably from the people you specifically select. A diploma, in itself, does not give anything. It is not an end in itself. That’s what you need to understand. Education is necessary and very important. Just getting it is not a finale. This is the beginning or the continuation of the practical realization of oneself as an individual.


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