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Metaphor Analysis Santiagos Sail The old mans sail was patched with flour sacks and furled it looked like the flag of permanent defeat 9 Other fishermen seem to believe that Santiago himself is a walking symbol of permanent defeat as he does not catch a fish for eighty- four days Yet when unfurled the sail still carries out its function carrying Santiago out into the deepest water where his great marlin awaits Likewise the old man proves himself when the time comes giving a lasting impression of endurance Santiagos Hands The scars on the old mans hands are introduced in an opening description of Santiago His hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords But none of these scars were fresh They were as old as erosions in a fishless desert 10 Later during his encounter with the marlin the line cuts his right hand when the fish lurches Santiago understands Youre feeling it now fishAnd so God knows am I 56 As his hand cramps and he begins to worry about the possibility of sharks the old mans suffering is evident This image of Santiagos bleeding hand in conjunction with his suffering at sea recalls the image of Jesus Christs hand bloodied by the nails used to crucify him Appropriately it is only when the boy saw the old mans hands 122 that he starts to cry Santiagos Mast Christian imagery returns near the end of the novel when Santiago shoulders his mast after returning and climbs towards his shack It was only then that he knew the depth of his tiredness 121 As the old man stumbles home he falls and finds the mast on his back too heavy to rise with The imagery of Christ carrying his cross continues as Santiago put the mast down and stood up He picked the mast up and put it on his shoulder and started up the
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