Santiago In Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man And The Sea

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Is it possible to remain feeling young, even in old age? The main character, Santiago, of The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway sets a great example of this. Literally by the title of the book, Santiago is an old man. Contrary to this, he has quite a youthful way of life. The old man feels youthful because he is still strong and smart, he spends his time in a youthful atmosphere, and he acknowledges that he is old but does not let that stop him. Firstly, the old man feels young because his is still strong and smart. The two passages below illustrate some examples of this: "Then he began to pity the great fish he had hooked. He is wonderful and strange and who knows how old he is, he thought. Never have I had such a strong fish nor one who acted so strangely...But perhaps he has been hooked many times before and he knows that this is how he should make his fight...his fight has no panic in it. I wonder if he has any plans or if he is just as desperate as I am? (Hemingway, 48-49 )”. “He settled comfortably against the wood and took his suffering as it came and the fish swam steadily and the boat moved slowly through the dark water...at noon the old man's hand was un-cramped (Hemingway, 64) ". In this first passage, the fish and the old…show more content…
In their mature years, they learn that there is a state of grace to be had in being beaten by a worthy opponent (Stephens)." This shows that Santiago is smart because he knows tricks such as ‘feinting’ and implies that he is a knowledgeable fisherman. This quote also shows that he is strong because Santiago does not quit on catching that fish and he is also strong enough to admit that his pride controlled him a little
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