This teaches us that in life we are faced with several situations wherein an individual thinks that this is the end to everything. However, one must not let his courage and pride go off that easily; an individual has to learn how to fight even in the adverse conditions. It is by tackling these situations that a human can survive for the best.
Santiago in the Old man and the sea says “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” It is throughout the novel that the true statement could be referred to. He was not mentally defeated even though it seemed that he was destroyed physically. Throughout the novel it was his pride and courage which pushed him forward even in the situations when it seemed that all hope was lost but he was never defeated.
I completely agree with this quote as the victory which is attained over devastating hardships shows the heart of a hero. Thus, the trail of Santiago must be monumental so that he could be a heroic symbol for rest of the humankind. A hero is the one who faces all kind of hardships with grace and dignity. The significant part is to comport ourselves with the inner nobility regardless of whether we fail or achieve some external goal. Hence, the same quote could be applied to every individual in his or her daily struggle in life to achieve a set goal for which they are struggling in their life.