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This part of the story has to do with Santiago against nature and

the sea. In this part of the story, he goes out and fights nature in

the form of terrible forces and dangerous creatures, among them, a

marlin, sharks and hunger. He starts the story in a small skiff and

moves out in a journey to capture a fish after a long losing streak of

eighty-four days. Unfortunately his friend must desert him due to this

problem and a greater force, his parents. Santiago must go out into the

danger alone. For three harsh days and nights he fights a fish of

enormous power. This is the second form of nature he must conquer.

Earlier in the story, the first part of nature is himself, for which he

must fight off his hunger. This is a harsh part of the story. He

manages though to get a few bites in the form of flying fish and

dolphin of which he would like to have salt on. This part of the

story tells of a cold and harsh sea, that is, one that has value and

mystery as well as death and danger. It has commercial value as well as

the population of life in it. It is dark and treacherous though, and

every day there is a challenge. A similar story tells about a tidal

pool with life called `Cannery Road'.

This part of the story has to deal with figures of Christ. It

mainly deals with Santiago as being a figure of Christ and other

characters as props, that is, characters which carry out the form of

biblical themes. On the day before he leaves when he wakes up, Manolin,

his helper, comes to his aid with food and drink. Also a point that

might be good is that he has had bad luck with his goal for a great

period of time and is sure it will work this time. Later, though, when

Santiago needs him for the quest he sets out to do, Manolin deserts

him, although he may not have wanted to at this time. In the novel

Santiago comes upon a force bigger than his skiff, the marlin which

misleads him out far past his intended reach. This is where he starts

to lose his strength against something which seems a greater force.

Santiago has a struggle of three days, which is significent because

of the three days in Easter, and continues to fight on though his goal

may not acquire

anything. This is another idea through which Christ did,

a struggle to get a goal done even though it may mean certain

destruction to himself. This might accomplish nothing but the

satisfaction of doing this and also has great risks. Finally he comes

upon a painful experience with his hand which is in great pain and

won't move. This is useful in the place where Christ loses his physical

self and has less to deal with. On the third day, he recovers himself

and returns to his home even though his only remaining treasure was a

broken skiff, experience, and a torn up marlin. And in the final

conclusion, you can see him dragging the mast of his skiff, a

cross-like object, in his hand. This story has a certain sequence of

events, first it has a hunter vs. his prey. This hunter does respect th

e prey. Throughout the book it has this series of events: encounter,

battle, defeat, and respect for the prey. This is Hemmingway's `Code of


This part of the novel has to do with relationships between two

characters. The first to discuss are Santiago and Manolin, Manolin

being the small follower of the old man named Santiago. Manolin is a

small person that follows Santiago and listens to his wisdom. They

treat each other unfriendly though for Manolin calls the Santiago 'old

man' and he calls Manolin `boy' which seems to be absurd. In that

situation I would consider both of them to go see a doctor. The next

relationship to talk about would be that between Santiago and the

village, which seems to be much better. He is given credit for food and

he also is waiting to show his greatness to the villageby catching a

great fish as soon as he can. His thought on that, though, is that any

fisherman can ctach it during the easy season but only a few can go out

and catch one during the hard season. He has no consideration for the

luck, and would rather try to fish through being exact



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