He is so poor that he sometimes does not even have food. Manolin brings him his supper, given to him by the owner of the Terrace (19-20). On the eighty-fifth day, Santiago goes far out into the Gulf Stream away from all the other fisherman to catch a big fish. He is “alone and out of sight of land” when he catches “the biggest fish that he [has] ever seen and bigger than he [has] ever heard of” (63). To prevent the giant marlin from getting away, Santiago holds onto the line using only his back, arms, and hands.
These strong, human qualities are articulated by the unfailing determination of the old man to catch the Marlin even though he had failed to catch a fish every day for the past three months, as well as be abandoned (although not intentionally) by his only supporter and friend, the young boy, Manolin. His failure to catch any fish, as well as being subject to the disappointment and pity of those around him were enough to act as demotivators for Santiago. Striking against the odds, and rising from the ashes, Santiago set out to sea determined to catch the Marlin, showcasing his cut throat resolve. In the days stranded out at sea, fighting the Marlin and then later the Mako Sharks, Santiago’s behavior attributed to the humanoid attitude of
One of the most popular miracles is one that he performed for his own apostle. Peter was fishing off of shore all day and was not catching anything at all until he saw Jesus standing on the rocks near the beach. He told Peter "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Peter listened to Jesus and did so and as he brought up his net from the water hundreds of fish were inside the net. Peter doubted Jesus when he told him the first time because he had no luck fishing. So when he got back to shore he fell down to Jesus in regret that he questioned Jesus’ words.
Instead of bragging to the other fishermen about his great catch that he once had, Santiago simply stays humble and returns to his home like it was a normal day. Towards the end of the novel, Hemingway makes a somewhat perfect ending by describing Santiago’s position as he collapses on his bed, “Face down with his arms out straight and the palms of his hands up.” (Hemingway) Using imagery, it is obvious that he conveys the image of Christ, restless and exhausted, while he is hung up on the cross. This specific ending displays the exhaustion Santiago must have felt. The biblical influence of the novel shows that the old man and Jesus suffered in many of the same ways, and they both are individuals who exemplify excellence by turning loss into gain, defeat into victory and even death into new
Santiago is a poor old man who has endured many ordeals, whose best days are abaft him, whose wife has died, and who never had children. He is stouthearted, confident, genial, determined, and optimistic, not letting anything in life rattle him. But Santiago suffers terribly throughout The Geriatric Man and the Sea. In the aperture pages of the book, he has gone 84 days without catching a fish and has become the laughingstock of his minute village. He has had streaks of lamentable fortuity in the past, and he is hopeful that the next day will bring him better fortuity.
He had no other bait. He scolds himself. “Stupidity has a price. You should show more care and wisdom next time.” Pi finds himself without bait for catching fish until he discovers the flying fish. The flying fish was the reason he could catch fish and survive.
He still brought me out fishing after that but he only gave me the cheap kids’ poles and I don’t blame him for that, I still find it funny to this day. Ed is a very strong man who raised me and taught me how to treat others and made me into the man I am today. Ed taught me skills I still use every day in my life. He was the first person to really help me open up and treated me like his own son. He showed me that getting mad over little things is not worth it and family should come first.
I know others better. (p.8).” The old man still wants to prove himself to the boy as he decided to sail far away alone to kill a truly big fish and to insist that he is not a salao as many have called him. “I told the boy I was a strange old man,” he said. “Now is when I must prove.” Thus, because of his greatness in the past and also the words from Manolin, they are a force that make the old man finally killed the great fish to be a prize for himself as a fisherman and to show the boy that he is the best fishermen like the boy wants him to
Cole is a 15-year old that trusts no one and no one trusts him. He feels like everyone needs to fear him because he thinks that everyone is out to get him. He thinks everyone in his town is against anything he does. He has gone to juvie many times and is just trying to get out of going to real jail. His dad beats him and his mom does not care about him she just cares about her reputation as a wealthy woman.
Captain Ahab’s inhumanity is described along the story, letting the reader discover Ahab’s reasons of his cruelty. Ahab is described like this: “His mind was not on profit, and not even on the parting with his young wife, whom he had married three voyages back; it was on Moby Dick. On his last voyage he had crossed the path of the great white whale, then the terror of the seas, and lost a leg in the encounter. In the intensity of his suffering on the long passage home he had been a little out of his mind, and ever since he had given way to a desperate and savage moodiness”. (Myers 15) But Ahab is not only described psychologically.