The Old Man and the Sea

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The Old Man and the Sea

I chose The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway for my summer reading book. The Old Man and the Sea takes place in a small fishing village near Havana, Cuba in the late 1940s. The most important characters in The Old Man and the Sea are Santiago—the old man—Manolin, and the marlin. Santiago is the protagonist of the story. He is an old, Cuban fisherman. He is very knowledgeable of his skills and takes pride in them, despite his physical restrictions. He has a very close bond with a boy Manolin. Santiago is also a dynamic character. Throughout the novel, Santiago goes through extreme changes. The books starts out with him being the laughingstock of the village for not catching a fish in 84 days. His pride is cut deeply, and he is determined to prove his skill as a fisherman. By the end of the novel, Santiago has accomplished so much in proving himself that he has regained his pride and earned respect, most importantly from Manolin, who comes to idolize him. The marlin is the antagonist of the story. Throughout the novel, the marlin is at a constant struggling conflict with the protagonist, Santiago. It is also a static character. The marlin does not change throughout the novel, and is therefore static. It does symbolize a connection between it and Santiago, but the perspective of the marlin is not seen. Manolin is a minor, but important character in The Old Man and the Sea. He is like a son to Santiago and he is a symbol of devotion and love. He is considered to be a static character as well.

There are numerous conflicts within The Old Man and the Sea. Some of them include: Santiago vs. the Marlin, Santiago vs. Nature, Santiago vs. Himself, and Manolin vs. Himself. Santiago is obviously externally at conflict with the marlin. They are in a constant struggle of strength and stamina to defeat one another. Santiago is also going up against nature, as he goes against the sharks, the sea, etc. Santiago is at...
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