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The Old Man and The Sea

"He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish." (pg.9.) It is evident that from the very beginning of this novel Santiago, the main character has been plagued with obstacles. Santiago has been targeted as "salao" which is the worst form of unlucky and his fishing mate Manolin has had to leave him due to this unluckiness. It seems that the only thing left to do is give up but defeat is not in the vocabulary of Santiago.
Santiago disregards all of the obstacles that he faces and decides to go out and fish once again. Santiago is hopeful in the most dismal situations. He even decides to take it a step further and go deeper out to sea than any of the other fishermen in response to his bad luck. Santiago is very serious about his profession as a fisherman and is very concerned with keeping the lines straight, this way if he does loose a fish it is not because he has been careless. "He kept them straighter than any one did, so that each level in the darkness of the stream there would be a bait waiting exactly where he wished for it to be for any fish that swam there." (pg.32.)
He believes it is better to be lucky however personally he would rather be exact. Santiago believes in preparation and responsibility and is willing to do whatever it takes to be a fisherman. "Most people are heartless about turtles because a turtle's heart will beat for hours after he has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too and my feet and hands are like theirs." (pg.37.) Santiago thinks of himself like the sea turtles, he has been beaten up but he is not dead yet and he will not give up.
"I wish I had the boy. I'm being towed by a fish and I'm the towing bit." (pg.45.) When Santiago finally hooks the great marlin he is unable to kill him, instead he must wait because of the fi…


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