Abstract:Ernest Miller Hemingway（1899―1961）, who is considered to be one of the most famous novelists in the 20th century and won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1954. About a century ago, The Old Man and the Sea, which is the most representative works of him, has been published. Since then, people start discussing a new type of personality―an unyielding man. The novel tells a story about a battle between an old man and nature. It’s great struggling sprit of human beings. In this novel we can see that an old ordinary man with feelings makes achievements at last through his extraordinary courage and self-control ability.
The paper is divided into five parts. The first part is introduction, which presents the reason why the writer picked the topic and shows the background research, The Old Man and the Sea. Also, the writing background is included. The second part is dominating, which focuses on the old man showing his courage and struggling spirit in face of nature. The third part analysis the symbols in the novel. The forth is a reflection part. The last is conclusion. Readers could see how Hemingway definited to human nature, which is used to causing the thinking of modern people, and helping to make our own achievements.
Key words: Ernest Miller Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea , struggling spirit, man and nature.