The Old Man and the Sea

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The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man & the Sea

The Sea

The Sea symbolises mystery because there are things going on down in the sea that not everyone knows about. It also symbolises beauty because it contains so much beautiful creatures and the color of the sea is just beautiful itself. While the sea holds beauty it also is in contact with danger, so many fish have to repeatedly fight for their lives.

The Lions

The Lions symbolize freedom because when Santiago had a dream, the lions were on the beach free, and where playing and they didnt have to worry about making money or about where they needed to be and who would get mad if they didnt get there.

The Marlin

The Marlin symbolises the sruggle that the old man had to face, and it also shows the determination of the old man.

Santiago's Eyes

Santiago's Hands

The Sharks

Santiago’s eyes display hope and wisdom in the story. Because of Santiago’s old age, he has much knowledge about fishing and the sea. Despite his failures, Santiago has learned to always stay hopeful. Santiago’s eyes also show positivity and vision. Santiago views every day as a new beginning, staying confident in himself that he could catch something after fishing 84 days with no results.

In the story, Santiago's hands symbolize strength, grit, suffering, and hard work. Santiago had cuts and scars all over his hands, created by the suffering he endured in order to catch the fish. Santiago’s hands shows strength because no matter the challenge, he continued to push himself and endure the sharp pain from his hands. Santiago’s hands symbolize grit and suffering because they are able to show how Santiago was so determined and would stop at nothing until he was successful. Despite the blood and scars Santiago had suffered through, he never gave up and kept pushing himself. The hard work and effort of Santiago was shown as he stayed persistent and would always give his best effort no matter the task. The scars on Santiago’s hands show his hard work and effort, demonstrating how he would always do his best in order to succeed.

In the story, the sharks symbolized evil, struggle, and cruelty. When the sharks attacked Santiago in his boat, they symbolized evil and cruelty because they were depriving Santiago from the magnificent fish he had just caught. Because the sharks wanted to eat the Marlin so desperately, Santiago was faced with a new challenge. The sharks were a struggle for Santiago because even though he had just intensely fought to catch the fish, he was now faced with a new problem. The sharks were more able and ready to fight than him, as he was tired and running out of resources. This was a new struggle that Santiago had to learn to adjust to and defeat.

“Everything about him was old except his eyes and they were the same color as the sea and were cheerful and undefeated” (10)

"'If sharks come, God pity him and me'" (68)

"He rested sitting on the un-stepped mast and sail and tried not to think but only endure" (46)

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"The clouds were building up now for the trade wind and he looked ahead and saw a flight of wild ducks etching themselves against the sky over the water, the blurring, the etching again and he knew no man was ever alone on the sea" (61)

"The old man was dreaming about the lions."

"He had sailed for two hours, resting in the stern and sometimes chewing a bit of the meat from the marlin, trying to rest and to be strong, when he saw the first of the two sharks."


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