The Old Man and the Sea

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The Old Man and the Sea is a story about an old fisherman who has not caught a fish for eighty four days, but gets a hook in the mouth of the greatest fish he has ever caught. This fish takes the old man on a journey that he will never forget.
At the beginning of the novel, Santiago has been fishing for eighty-four days and has not caught a fish. This symbolizes defeat in Santiago’s life. Santiago does not intend on giving up, but instead he has determination and tells himself that he will go fishing every day until he finally catches a fish. Santiago has a lot of pride in himself, and I find this to be a very rare trait, especially in today’s world. The theme of The Old Man and the Sea is to never give up in any circumstance, because you never know what might happen next. Santiago never gave up and went fishing every day until he hooked the marlin, and he stayed with that marlin until he was able to kill it. When the sharks began to attack Santiago’s boat so they could eat the marlin, Santiago knew it was hopeless and that he would lose the fish, but he still fought them off as long as he could. Even though Santiago was defeated in his fishing trip, he emerged as a hero to not only himself, but to all the people around him as well.
The Old Man and the Sea has a few characters. First, there is Santiago who is a fisherman that has not caught a fish in over eighty days but refuses to give up. Santiago is the “Old Man” in the story’s title and knows more than most people about fishing and the water. Santiago is a very humble man and he has a lot of self confidence in all of the things that he does. Manolin, who seems to be Santiago’s apprentice, is a young boy that helps Santiago with his fishing. Ever since Santiago has been having bad luck with his fishing, Manolin’s parents have decided that it would be best if he did not go fishing with Santiago anymore. Manolin…...

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