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This Is An Analysis Of The Characters In The Old Man And The Sea

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*Santiago (The Old Man): Santiago is the protagonist of this story. He is a Cuban fisherman who is down on his luck after going eighty four days without catching a single fish and has become the pity of his small village near Havana. The story follows Santiago's quest for the great catch that will save his career. He goes through a long and grueling struggle with a marlin only to see his new catch destroyed by sharks. Even though only his marlin's carcass is left by the end of the story, Santiago may be considered victorious because he never quit, valiantly fighting off the sharks ...view middle of the document...

Manolin demonstrates his love for Santiago openly, He makes sure that the old man has food, blankets, and can rest without being bothered. At the end of the story, Manolin seems to be the only character who realizes how much Santiago has just been through, since he breaks down and cries several times.*The Marlin: Although he does not speak and we can not read his mind, the marlin is certainly an important character in the story. This fish was18 feet long and 1500 pounds and Santiago spent most of the story tracking, killing, and attempting to bring him home. After Santiago harpoons the marlin and attaches it to the outside of his boat, a number of sharks mutilate the fish by tearing out chunks of meat. By the end of the story nothing remains but "the long backbone of the great fish that was now just garbage waiting to go out with the tide."*The Mako Shark: This is the first shark that attacks the marlin - the first of many - and even though Santiago kills the shark he takes forty pounds of meat, takes Santiago's harpoon and rope, and makes the marlin bleed which attracted the other sharks.*The Sea: As you may have guessed from the beginning, the sea is one of the most important parts of the story being that is where most of the story takes place. Santiago refers to the sea as a woman and probably thinks of it as his wife.

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