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At some point as children we always wish we were big It seems customary for children to want to hang out with the big kids most likely because they are smarter or more experienced Its said that with age comes wisdom and thats probably why kids often look to their parents teachers or older siblings for advice rather than their peers Although children are always looking to their elders at the same time adults often look to children to regain their youth For some reason adults fear getting old so they find spending time with younger people makes the feel young and lively again In Ernest Hemingways novel The Old Man and the Sea the author uses the elderly man Santiago to represent old age and he uses the boy Manolin to represent the aspect of youth in the story The contrast between these two characters illustrates this idea of wisdom coming with age and elderly yearning for youth Old age is represented in this story by Santiago He is a very old man who has been fishing for most of his life He has been fishing for so long that he knows many of the ways and techniques to being a good fisherman He is a very skilled fisherman and he has a philosophy about how one fishes is how they live He being old lives a very simple life and also fishes in a very simple way He can survive on so little and he doesnt eat much but he is still satisfied He is the experienced wise one in the relationship of him and Manolin so he is helping the boy learn to fish which allows Manolin to look up to him The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him p10 Although he is so talented and knowledgeable when it comes to fishing though his old age has weakened him physically This prevents him from being
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