"The Old Man and the Sea", by Ernest Hemmingway, is a tale of an unlucky fisherman who
strives to succeed in the face of adversity. The fisherman, Santiago, lives in a tired,
old fishing community on the coast of Cuba. He has fished all of his life. To him it is
a passion. Santiago lives in a small shack next to the harbor. To everyone in the
village he is looked down upon. He is a dried up old fisherman who can’t catch
fish. Santiago has gone 84 days without catching a fish.
There are two things in Santiago’s life: fishing and Manolin. Manolin is a young
boy who enjoys every minute he spends with the old man. Manolin fished with Santiago the
first half of his unlucky streak. He was then forced by his parents to find another
fisherman with more luck.
In the story Manolin represents youth and inexperience. He is young and is still learning
many things from Santiago. The old man represents Hemmingway’s vision of himself.
Hemmingway pictures himself as adventurous and very experienced. Santiago fits this