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Santiago A Man of Many Roles You know those people who you love and your mom hates How you respect them yet they are despised by your mom Why do your opinions of them differ It is because of the perspective that you see them with Your mom sees them as extremely dangerous because they ride motorcycles wear leather jackets and have a million tattoos but you see them as incredibly fun because that is what your generation has come to accept In Ernest Hemingways The Old Man and the Sea Santiago is a man who is seen differently through different perspectives Santiago can be seen as himself through the perspective of a simple reader who is not looking for a deep concealed significance a hero through the perspective of a Greek tragedyepic novelist a saint through the perspective of a religious cleric or a parent through the perspective of a naturalist Santiago can be seen as himself in a simple readers point of view According to Leonard Unger Santiagos message while a man can grow old and be wholly down on his luck he can still dare stick to the rules persist when he is licked and thus by the manner of his losing win his victory 256 signifies Santiagos story He loses his luck for catching fish but still dares to continue fishing persisting in catching the marlin Even though he did not manage to bring it home whole he is nonetheless victorious because he did all he could to succeed and ended up catching his great fish The story may on the simplest level be the tale of a man out at sea and his battle with the awesome power of nature and how it will often win outright over the man Grif A matador battles with natures power and Santiago can be related to a matador A matador battles a bull while Santiago battles a fish the matador with a sword
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