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Through time as distant as the early periods when Homo habilis first roamed the earth man has incessantly entered into conflict with nature As the primitive man has evolved he has become over-dependant on nature to the point where he takes advantage of its abundance of gifts Despite the fact that man has a tendency to desecrate nature there are those who recognize and praise its power and make an effort to become one with it Though it may sound refreshing to know that man can appreciate nature being truly considerate of nature is virtually impossible A person who has read Ernest Hemingways final novel The Old Man and the Sea and has interpreted the protagonist as a lover of all creatures is manipulated by Hemingways usage of biblical allusions to suggest a concealed Christ figure in the old man Santiago Hemingways novel uses the timeless theme of man versus nature to tell a story with the support of allusions to Christ of an old man who after losing his only reason for living strives to prove himself a superior individual and discover the meaning of life through nature The name Santiago is a biblical reference that translated into English means Saint James Those who are direly active with the Christian religion and have read The Old Man and the Sea perceive the old man as an indirect reference to Saint Francis of Assisi In the bible Saint Francis was born to a wealthy merchant and when he grew older he distributed his riches among the poor Saint Francis of Assisi was best known for his love of birds and was believed to have the ability to communicate with them While at sea Santiago speaks to all the birds that pass because of his loneliness caused by the absence of his fishing partner Manolin One fish in particular a warbler flew by Santiago and perched on the stern of his boat Santiago then tells
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