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From What Simple Things Come Why is it that everything in life has to have a conflict Whether it is good or bad something has to trigger it In The Old Man in the Sea a character named Santiago fell into a conflict of inadequate proportions He went out into the sea searching to find something that might take his life complete to maybe find some serenity Not only did he find it but there was a catch Was Santiago strong enough to keep it Was he strong enough to take on the beasts in the water Santiago caught a fish not only the fish that he would have waited eighty-five days for but a fish in such gigantic means that he could have waited a lifetime All Santiago needed was a little hope and encouragement to help him on his quest Santiago found comfort in the animals surrounding such as the fish the birds and the turtles He was very fond of flying fish as they were his principal friends in the ocean 29 It was that the ocean was just like him lonely and isolated It was a comforting thought that these animals were always there with him as if they were guiding him throughout his quest These fish were companions to Santiago they made him feel as if there was always someone there always watching He watched the flying fish burst out again and again and the ineffectual movements of the bird That school has gotten away from me he thought They are moving too fast and too far But perhaps I will pick up a stray and perhaps my big fish is around them My big fish must be somewhere 34-5 Santiago related to the fish as family like brothers and a hope to gain respect by the constant battles he has with them No flying fish broke the surface and there was no scattering
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