OLD MAN AND THE SEA Summary Ernest Hemingway writes about an old fisherman and a young boy setting out to catch a big fish in The Old Man and the Sea. The old man, Santiago, has been fishing in the Gulf Stream with a young boy named Manolin. Manolin began fishing with Santiago when he was about 5 years old and feels that Santiago is a second father to him. He taught Manolin everything he knows about fishing and Manolin is very loyal to this old man. Santiago has been on an 84 day fishing slump and after 40 days, Manolin’s parents order him to go fish on a different boat which caught three fish in a week. Manolin takes Santiago out for a drink on their way home and begin reminiscing about their early experiences fishing together. The young boy suggests that since he cannot fish with Santiago anymore, that he would like to help in some way, by possibly going out and getting sardines for him. Santiago then goes on talking about baseball and mentions Joe DiMaggio who was a great player for the Yankees in his time. The boy goes out to get the sardines and when he comes back the old man is asleep, so he wakes him up and they continue their conversation. Manolin leaves after the eat and talk, and the old man goes back to sleep. Santiago dreams of the days when he was fishing in Africa and all the things he has seen. He awakes and goes to get the boy from his shack and they set out. The old man and young boy determine to catch a big fish and are very confident. Santiago thought of the sea as la mar which is what people call her when they love her.” (Hemingway 29) The younger fisherman talked of la mar as el mar because they saw her as an enemy, not their love. The old man sees la mar as femimine and something that gave out
favors, not his enemy. He personifies the sea as a woman with womanly qualities such as not being able to control what she does (Hemingway 30). He spies a bird overhead and figures the bird spies something in the water, and follows it. Santiago...
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