The Old Man and the Sea: Christ Metaphors?
About a month ago, I re-read Earnest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Hemingway won the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature with this short novel.
I believe that Hemingway purposely included allusions to Christ in his novella. Two clear allusions are: 1) Jesus' wounds: the bleeding hands and face of Christ in the old man's own hands as the ropes cut into them and the old man gets gashed in the cheek when he is yanked to the bottom of the boat by the marlin. And 2, the cross: Jesus carrying his cross as the old man wearily carries, even falling under, the mast of his old boat up the bank of the beach.
Google "Old Man and the Sea Christ-figure" and 37,900 web-sites are available on the topic---some who think the Christ allusions were intentional and others who don't see them at all.
If you are a Hemingway fan and have read Old Man and the Sea, what do you think?