Manolin is Santiago's apprentice, but their relationship is not restricted to business alone. Despite the bone spur, DiMaggio overcame his opponents, much in the same way Santiago overcomes his, despite injuries. Do not combine with the original work. Santiago immediately dismisses the idea, however, and the events of The Old Man and the Sea support his conviction that pride is not the cause of his difficulties. He decides to eat a tuna he has caught in order to give him strength for his ordeal. But the sharks keep coming, and by nightfall the have almost devoured the marlin's entire carcass, leaving a skeleton consisting mostly of its backbone, its tail and its head. It is interesting that Hemingway draws attention to the relics of Santiago's wife in his house, presenting an aspect of Santiago which is otherwise absent throughout the novel.
The old man lets the current take him, but he fears that sharks will sniff out the blood of the dying fish, which they do. They provide chapter-by-chapter analysis; explanations of key themes, motifs, and symbols; a review quiz; and essay topics. The novel was initially received with much popularity; it restored many readers' confidence in Hemingway's capability as an author. He has a single friend, a boy named , who helped him during the first forty days of his dryspell. He also helps the old man carry his heavy mast and sail out to his boat each morning.
The picture that used to hang on the wall of Santiago's wife had been taken down, since it made him too lonely to look at it. He regrets not having cleaved off the marlin's sword to use as a weapon when he had the knife and apologizes again to the fish. SparkNotes Literature Guides make studying smarter, better, and faster. As the sun goes down, the marlin continues on in the same direction, and Santiago loses sight of land altogether. Unlike Frederic, Santiago is not defeated by his enlightenment. Attract the ladies or gents much in the same way a dead marlin attracts sharks with your knowledge. Critics have noted that Santiago was also at least 22 when he immigrated from Spain to Cuba, and thus old enough to be considered an immigrant—and a foreigner—in Cuba.
For awhile, the boy, named Manolin, accompanied the old man each day, to learn from him and assist him. But none of these scars were fresh. Manolin cares for the aging Santiago, bringing him food and clothing, and in return Santiago tells Manolin stories about baseball legends and his younger days fishing in a boat off of Africa. Manolin is overjoyed to see him but cries when he sees the cuts in Santiago's hands. From the way the fish pulls the entire boat, the old man knows he has a very large catch.
The greeting he receives from the fishermen, most of whom mock him for his fruitless voyages to sea, shows Santiago to be an alienated, almost ostracized figure. Yet it is important to recognize that Santiago's pride is of a particular, limited sort. At the third turn, Santiago sees the fish and is amazed by its size. After a final move to Idaho, Hemingway took his own life in 1961, leaving behind his wife and three sons. His house is a very simple shack with a bed, table, and chair on a dirt floor. He symbolizes the indomitable will of the human spirit.
Hemingway's father committed suicide in 1928, shooting himself. Recently I read the actual book and, right after, this one. Like the case of Santiago and Manolin, this equalization demonstrates the novella's thematic concern with the unity of nature - including humanity - a unity which ultimately helps succor the heroic victim of great tragedy. There are also religious pictures and a tinted photograph on the wall, relics of his wife. In return for Santiago's mentorship and company, Manolin provides physical support to Santiago in the village, bringing him food and clothing and helping him load his skiff.
SparkNotes Literature Guides: Making the reading experience fun! The old man eats the tuna, hoping it will renew his strength and help release his hand. It crashed into the sea, blinding Santiago with a shower of sea spray. Selected articles and dispatches of four decades. Santiago waits a bit for the marlin to swallow the hook and then pulls hard on the line to bring the marlin up to the surface. After some struggle, he kills this shark as well. When a paper is due, and dreaded exams loom, here's the lit-crit help students need to succeed! The two eat the food the boy has brought.
The old man does not mind. Moving along, Santiago spots flying fish and birds, expressing great sympathy for the latter. The 84-day fishless streak attests to it. He clubs desperately at the fish, but the club was soon taken away by a shark. Santiago leaves shore early in the morning, before sunrise. What one lacks, the other provides.