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People are interested in other people how the act where they go what they think about in any number of situations That interest is one of the reasons many people enjoy reading stories about imaginary people who seem real Characterization is the technique a writer uses to create lifelike characters A writer may use various methods of characterization but all characters are described as either dynamic or static Dynamic characters change in and throughout a novel while static characters stay the same during a novel Santiago from Ernest Hemingways The Old Man in the Sea is a determined loyal and wise character who affects the novel by being a static character Santiago is characterized as determined loyal and wise early in the novel Santiago has a dream of going beyond the normal fishing waters and trying to catch a big fish Santiago is determined to do this even at his own lifes expense When Santiago is talking to the boy early in the novel he tells him Far out to come when the wind shifts I want to be out before light Hemingway 14 This describes the old mans determination to catch a big fish even though he has not taken a fish in eighty-four days Another important trait that describes Santiago early in the novel is his loyalty Santiago is very loyal to his friend the boy and Santiago will do anything to help the boy prosper Santiago shows further loyalty to the boy when he repeats that he wishes that the boy has come with him on his fishing trip An example of this occurs when Santiago says I wish I had the boy Hemingway 49 Santiago also shows great loyalty to the sea and fish as well The old man calls the flying fish his friends and he respects everything living in the sea except the Portuguese man-of-war The last important trait of Santiagos is his knowledge and wisdom Santiago is
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