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Many times stories by Ernest Hemingway have much religious influence and symbolism In The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway numerous occurrences in the life of Santiago the fisherman are similar to the incidents recorded in the life of Jesus of Nazareth The names of the characters translated from Spanish to English are just one of those many similaritiesThe characters in The Old Man and the Sea are in actuality major figures in the New Testament Santiago is an old man yet he had young eyes No matter how defeated he was he would never show it and he would look on the brighter side of things In my mind these traits makeSantiago a god-like figure Manolin which translates into Messiah is Jesus Stoltzfus qtd in CLC 13280 Santiago is the father who teaches his symbolic son and disciple Manolin After catching the largest marlinManolin will leavehis parents in order to follow the teachings of Santiago his master just as Jesus did Stoltzfus qtd in CLC 13280 Pedrico is actually Saint Peter Jesus closest apostle and a great fisherman Wilson 50 Peter helped Jesus fish for souls as Pedrico helped Manolin fish for food Santiago gives Pedrico the head of the mutilated marlin which symbolizes Saint Peter as head of the Christian church and the first Pope Stoltzfus CLC 280In the story there are many references to the crucifixion of Jesus Santiagos badly injured hands evoke the hands of the crucified Jesus and three other situations reinforce this theory Brenner The Old Man and the Sea Story of a Common Man 37First Santiagos marlin is approached by a pair of shovel nosed sharks Ay he said out loud Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea 107 There is no meaning of Ay but perhaps it is the sound a man makes as his hands are nailed to wood Brenner The Old Man and the Sea Story of a Common Man 38 Next once
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