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MAJOR WORKS DATA SHEET
The Old Man and the Sea
President Truman ordered the construction of a hydrogen bomb in 1950.
Polaroid cameras were invented in 1947.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected President in 1953.
In 1948, Gandhi was assassinated.
China became a communist state in 1949.
Soviet Union possessed an atomic bomb in 1949.
Santiago - He is a protagonist and an old man who is seen as unlucky in the beginning of the story. Santiago then goes fishing farther out than any of the other fishermen. He is determined and perseverant. He is lonely.
Manolin - Although he only is present twice throughout the story, Santiago thinks about him multiple times. The boy is devoted to Santiago and believes in him even when others don’t. He always makes sure that the old man has food, blankets and he respects him.
The Marlin - This is the fish Santiago catches. He sees the fish as his brother, but says that “I will kill you before the day ends.” The fish ultimately ends up getting devoured by sharks, and Santiago feels as though a part of him is destroyed as well.
Rogelio – This character is only mentioned once or twice throughout the story but is one of the few people who continually helps Santiago. He shows compassion and respect for the old man by “throwing the net” for him.
Sharks: The sharks devoured the Marin and represent obstacles still faced after achieving something. In addition, they could also symbolize a near-death experience. After Santiago captured the marlin, the sharks devoured most of his catch and left the head, tail and skeleton.
Other Fisherman: Most of the younger ones view Santiago negatively and call him “salao”, which means “the worst form of unlucky”. They call the sea “el mar”, proving that they don’t respect the sea.
Broad Overview of Plot
In the beginning of the story, Santiago, an old