More than just a fish!
The marlin is a symbol in this
allegory – a worthy adversary, a
brother of the sea, a deadly
opponent and an opportunity to
test oneself in the ultimate test
of wits and endurance
Suggests that the marlin is so big
that it displaces lots of water
He came out unendingly...
Emphasises the sheer length of
...bright in the sun and his head
and back were dark
a light lavender.
Implies the great beauty of the
His sword was as long as a
Reinforces that the marlin’s
sword is strong and durable
...and tapered like a rapier
Emphasises how sharp it is
...it re-entered it smoothly like a
Reinforces the graceful way in
which the marlin swims
The great scythe blade
Reinforces how dangerous the
sword of the marlin is
Vocabulary for close analysis
Draws attention to
Hemingway’s description of the marlin as it first
jumps is an important moment in the narrative
His use of verbs such as...... and ..... Emphasize .....
The author uses the adjective ....... To imply that....
Furthermore, Hemingway suggests that the fish....
These terms are combined with a series of
powerful similes which reinforce the .....
The majesty and danger of the great fish is also
reflected in the author’s use of metaphor...