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The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway 128 pages published by Charles Scribner Santiago an old and unsuccessful fisherman found a sense of pride and his own type of heroism in a long battle against a marlin Santiagos wife had died years before and his only friend was a young boy named Manolin Manolin was also a fisherman and had once worked with Santiago but his parents made him leave to find a more successful and more lucky fishing boat Santiago was lonely his only friend was the sea In this book the sea is characterized as a woman She was without self control and doing whatever she pleased according to her own selfish whims After eighty-four days without a single catch Santiago needs to prove to himself that he is still a good fisherman He decides to go deep into the gulf to get a catch Manolin cannot go with him but says he will park his boat near Santiagos to help him unload his catch This shows the boys faith in his old friend Santiago was a sort of mentor to Manolin and now that Santiago was failing as a fisherman Manolin did the best he could to support him After leaving he ended up being carried by a big wave farther into the gulf than he intended But after the battle with the wave he found himself surrounded by bait fish He caught a few tuna and this started to bring back his pride and confidence Eventually Santiago got some good bites on his fishing line A marlin had started a battle that would lead to Santiagos renewal and defeat At first the marlin wouldnt take the bait completely This is when Santiago developed a bond with the fish He spoke to it like a person and it came to represent strength and manhood a worthy foe for Santiago in his declining state He eventually would call the fish brother
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