The Old Man And The Sea Short Story

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Every teenager idolizes an adult and in The Old Man and The Sea Manolin, the boy has a really deep relationship with his idol Santiago. The Old Man and The Sea, by Ernest Hemingway, is a novella with a plot that circulates around Santiago, the old man and around a boy named, Manolin. Santiago and Manolin have a special bond between them that has started ever since Manolin was 5 years old. Throughout the beginning of the novella, Ernest Hemingway shows the reader what kind of bind brings the old man and the boy. The relationship between the old man and the boy is mutual love respect but because the old man is in bad conditions the boy feels the need to help the old man in his plight. Constantly do we see the boy insisting on helping the old…show more content…
In the first part of the novella the author shows the reader that the old man has gone a long time, eighty four days, without catching any fish. However, this isn’t the first time that old man has gone through similar conditions because previously he had gone eight seven days without catching fish and then was able to catch a big fish everyday for three weeks. Nevertheless this doesn’t stop the boy’s parents from preventing Manolin to continue fishing with the old man. Although his parents refused to let him fish with the old man the boy still insists on helping in some way, “I would like to go. If I cannot fish with you. I would like to serve in some way.” ( Ernest Hemingway, page 12). The boy, in this quotation, is insisting on the old man to let him bring sardines for the old man to use as baits or to eat. By this saying, the reader is first introduced to the boys extreme care for the old man and this shows the boy’s loyalty and need to help for the ones he cares about for even though his parents prevented him from going fishing with the old man he wants to help the old man in any way he can. The boy feels the need to help the old man however he
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