The Old Man and the Sea symbolism

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The Old Man and the Sea symbolism

The Old Man and the Sea Symbolism

The sharks represent danger or a stuggle. They also represent reality because nothing good will last forever. On page 101, it says "The old man's head was clear and good now and he was full of resolution but he had little hope. It was too good to last, he thought. He took one look at the great fish as he watched the shark close in. It might as well have been a dream, he thought. I cannot keep him from hitting me but maybe I can get him."

Santiago's eyes represent youth, wisdom, and hope. On page 10, it says "Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated."

Joe DiMaggio represents playing with pain, inspiration, and guidance. On page 97, it says "But I think that the great DiMaggio would be proud of me today. I had no bone spurs.But the hands and the back hurt truly."

The lions represent freedom, strength, and nostalgia. On page 25, it says "He only dreamed of places now and of the lions on the beach. They played like young cats in the dusk and he loved them like he loved the boy."

The marlin represents pain, determination, and struggling to survive, but also luck and oppoptunity. On page 54, it says "'Fish.' He said, 'I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.'"

The sea represents beauty, mystery, adventure, and danger. On page 30, it says "But the old man always thought of her as feminine and as something that gave or withheld great favours, and if she did wild or wicked things it was because she could not help them."


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