Old Man And The Sea

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Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea. New York: Collier Books, 1952 The book, The Old Man and the Sea, an elderly man named Santiago and a boy named Manolin live in a small village off the Gulf Stream. The two of the men enjoy the sport of fishing more than anything, so much that they stay on the sea for eighty days without catching a single fish. One day Santiago casts his line in the water and hooks a monstrous eighteen-foot long marlin. The marlin is so strong that he fights him for an amazing two days and one night. During the struggle Santiago's hand become cut from the leaders. Finally the fish gives up the struggle and Santiago is able to stab it with a harpoon, and begin dragging it back home. Because of all the blood, along the way he has trouble with sharks attacking the marlin.

After breaking his harpoon and his knife he is no longer able to ward off the sharks. So by the time he reaches his village he is too tired to carry his mast and sail inside and falls asleep. The next morning he awakens to a crowd of onlookers gazing at the huge skeleton of the marlin. Seeing what is left of his prize catch he becomes upset and no longer wants even the head of the fish for his trophy of his work.

In the story there is character by the name of Santiago who lives in a small rundown village. He has nothing and sleeps on the dirt floor of his home with nothing but the comfort of newspapers underneath him. Even with having nothing a young boy by the name of Manolin sees the world in him. In time Manolin becomes Santiago's best...