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Why is it that everything in life has to have a conflict? Whether it is good or bad,
something has to trigger it. In The Old Man in the Sea, a character, named Santiago, fell
into a conflict of inadequate proportions. He went out into the sea, searching to find
something that might take his life complete, to maybe find some serenity. Not only did he
find it, but there was a catch. Was Santiago strong enough to keep it? Was he strong
enough to take on the beasts in the water?

Santiago caught a fish, not only the fish that he would have waited eighty-five days for,
but a fish in such gigantic means that he could have waited a lifetime. All Santiago
needed was a little hope and encouragement to help him on his quest. Santiago found
comfort in the animals surrounding, such as the fish, the birds, and the turtles.

'He was very fond of flying fish as they were his principal friends in the ocean'; (29.)
It was that the ocean was just like him, lonely and isolated. It was a comforting thought
that these animals were always there with him, as if they were guiding him throughout his
quest. These fish were companions to Santiago, they made him feel as if there was always
someone there, always watching. He watched the flying fish burst out again and again and
the ineffectual movements of the bird. 'That school has gotten away from me, he thought.
They are moving too fast and too far. But perhaps I will pick up a stray and perhaps my
big fish is around them. My big fish must be somewhere'; (34-5). Santiago related to the
fish as family, like brothers and a hope to gain respect by the constant battles he has
with them. ' No flying fish broke the surface and there was no scattering of bait fish.
But as the old man watched, a small tuna rose in the air, turned and dropped head first
into the water. The tuna shone silver in the sun and after he had dropped back into the
water another and another rose and they were jumping in all directions, churning the water
and leaping in long jumps after the bait. They were circling it and driving it'; (38) Not
only were the fish family, it was also a long, drawn out food for Santiago.

The fish weren't the only ones who helped Santiago. There were the birds. 'The bird went
higher in the air and circled again, his wings motionless. Then he dove suddenly and the
old man saw flying fish spurt out of the water and sail desperately over the surface';
(34) 'He went back to rowing and to watching the long-winged black bird who was working,
now, low over the water'; (34). To Santiago, the fish are hard at work, as he inspires to
be like. ' He was sorry for the birds, especially the small delicate dark terns that were
always flying and looking and almost never finding, and he thought, the birds have a
harder life than we do, except for the robber birds and the heavy strong ones. Why did
they make birds so delicate and fine as those sea swallows when the ocean can be so
cruel?'; (29). As for the birds, Santiago had something to relate with. Life can be so
hard when it is meager and austere, yet so easy for those who are strong, and have
everything. Why should God be so misunderstanding to put such a person of lesser means in
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