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Sood 1 Anshum Sood Mrs. Weldon Pre-AP English 10 – Period 3 7 August 2007 Many Trips are Quests When we ponder over quests, we normally think of knights in shining armor that are in search for a holy grail, or maybe even have to rescue a princess, and who along the way have to conquer a dragon or two in order to complete the perilous quest. We do not think of a man going on a fishing trip as a quest, when in reality it could be, just like in The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. The book contains the five things that a quest contains: “a quester, a place to go, a stated reason to go there, challenges and trials en route, and a real reason to go there” (Foster 3). The quester is an old man named Santiago, a man with a thin physique and wrinkles on his neck, who lives in Havana, Cuba as a fisherman. His knightly quest is a tedious fishing trip to the deep ocean, during which he catches a fish bigger than anyone else has ever seen, like a knight discovering the Holy Grail. His stated reason to go to the deep ocean is to catch fish, which he can sell, but the real reason behind his quest is to prove himself to his fellow fishermen who
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