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Author Ernest Hemingways colorful life as a big game hunter fisherman and Nobel Prize winner began in quiet Oak Park Illinois July 21 1899 In high school Hemingway played football and also boxed and it was the latter which was responsible for a permanent eye injury that caused the army to reject his efforts to enlist in World War I Boxing however finally proved to be an asset to Hemingway for it gave him a lasting enthusiasm for prizefighting material for stories and a tendency to talk of his literary accomplishments in boxing terms PlotCharacter Santiago A Perfect Role Model for Manolin In the novel The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway builds a character that is easily comparative to any great hero or idol in history This character named Santiago displays the characteristics needed to conquer his battles or at least do all he can to achieve his goals This is especially important considering the fact that he is looked at as a mentor of sorts by another character the young boy named Manolin Manolin has known the old man since the age of five As a protg to Santiago Manolin has grown to have a great deal of respect for the old man This is represented by the boys eagerness to stand by the old mans side no matter what the situation is Santiago is the epitome of the human will and a display for how courage and perseverance are able to win over difficulties that seem nearly impossible to overcome Early in the novel one can see that the old man has fallen onto hard times in his fishing profession This is not the first time this has happened though It has been many days since his last catch and the situation looks very bleak to those who do not know the old mans desire and courage They see the wrinkles and cancer blotches of an old man but not the
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