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The Old Man and the Sea is a heroic tale of mans strength pitted against forces he cannot control It is a story about an old Cuban fisherman and his three-day battle with a giant Marlin Through the use of three prominent themes friendship bravery and Christianity the Old Man and the Sea strives to teach important life lessons to the reader while also epitomizing Santiago the old fisherman as a Hemingway code heroThe relationship between Santiago and the boy is introduced early in the story They are unlikely companions one is old and the other young yet they share an insuperable amount of respect and loyalty for each other Santiago does not treat Manolin as a young boy but rather as an equal Age is not a factor in their relationship Manolin does not even act as a young boy he is mature and sensitive to Santiagos feelings He even offers to disobey his parents and accompany Santiago on his fishing trips Santiago is viewed as an outcast in his village because he has not caught any fish for more than eighty-four days and is therefore unlucky Nonetheless Manolin is loyal to Santiago and even when his parents forbid him he wants to help his friend Their conversations are comfortable like that of two friends who have known each other for a long time When they speak it is usually about baseball or fishing the two things they have most in common Their favorite team is the Yankees and Santiago never loses faith in them even when the star player Joe DiMaggio is injured with a heel spur In this way Santiago not only teaches Manolin about fishing but also about important characteristics such as faith In the story Santiagos bravery is unsurpassed but it is not until he hooks the great fish that we truly see his valor and perseverance Through Santiagos actions Hemingway teaches the reader about bravery and tenacity in the
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