"The old man had seen many great fish. He has seen many that weighted more than a thousand pounds and he had caught two of that size his entire life, but never alone. Now alone, and out of sight of land he was fast to the biggest fish he had ever seen- (63) Santiago (the old man) has had a life filled with many exciting adventures. He is now faced with one of the biggest challenges of his life. In Ernest Hemingway's novella Old Man and The Sea, some might say that he was trying to show how an equal balance of pride, endurance, and courage could be the secret code to a happy life.
The old man believed in pride to keep one's self happy, but what is pride? Could someone feel pride if they were the only one on the planet, with no one to compare to? Santiago may be poor in the story, yet is proud. ""But man is not made for defeat." He said. "a man can be destroyed but defeated." I am sorry that I have killed the fish though, he thought." (103) The old man realizes that what he has done has brought no one anything but pain. He knows the fish will not make it back to shore without the sharks getting it first. At this point he has lost all pride in himself and what he has done. "There are many good fishermen and some great ones. But there is only one you." (23) Said the boy. The old man feels pride in seeing the boy grow up with a good mentor. He does not believe in what the boy's parents teach him. Mentoring the boy requires much time and energy.
"The world breaks all of us, and then some become strong at the broken places." The power to withstand hardship is what endurance is all about. "It made the boy sad to see the old man come in day after day with his skiff empty." The old man had faced many times without any fish, but this was one of the longest times he had gone without a fish. He knows that endurance is a strong part of the code to being happy. "I"ll try again, the old man promised, although his hands were mushy now and he could only see well in flashes.