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Symbolism in The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingways The Old Man and the Sea isnt just a book about an old man and the sea There are many meanings to it Each element represents different things The marlin for example represents strength beauty and the last challenge we all go though The lions in his dreams resemble youth freedom and also strength Santiago himself symbolizes Christ in many ways The marlin represented many different things For example he symbolized strength and durability by putting up such a struggle By doing this he also made Santiago a legend among the other fishermen This struggle would be Santiagos last challenge However since Santiago would end up tricking the marlin the marlin seemed nobler in Santiagos mind Santiago thought that since the marlin was fighting for his life he had a more noble cause Santiago thought of him as his equal and called him brother The marlin could also represent the great struggle we all go through We then must be careful of going out too far comparable to Santiago Accomplishing or obtaining something does not always end ones journey Once Santiago hooked the fish he still had to bring it home Bringing home the marlin brought further complications from the sharks The sharks could represent those who would tear apart ones successes These loathsome scavengers delight in tormenting and bringing about defeat or tragedy similar to how some people react to others successes Like the marlin and the sharks the lions also symbolized different attributes The lions in Santiagos dreams represented his lost youth and his decreasing strength For instance when he needed strength on his long and strenuous voyage he thought of his dreams of the lions and of them playing on the beach without a care in the world With this in his mind it seemed to make him stronger and gave him endurance to continue The lions
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