Old Man And The Sea
In the book, The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway tells a story of an old
fisherman. The old man, named Santiago, had gone for eighty-four days without
catching a fish. Santiago feels that the following day would be a good day
because eighty-five is his lucky number. The following day he gets up before
dawn and sets out for a day of fishing. He had set one bait at forty fathoms,
the second at seventy-five fathoms, and the third and forth were at one hundred
and one hundred and twenty-five fathoms. While Santiago is fishing he sees a
bird trying to get a flying fish that was being chased by tuna. The old man
tries to put his boat over the school of tuna in hope of getting a catch.

Suddenly something hooked itself on the bait that was set at one hundred and
twenty-five fathoms. The old man had caught a huge marlin that was now pulling
him out to sea. The fish continued to pull the old man out to sea for about 3
days. The old man survived by putting one of his other lines out so that he
could catch fish and eat them in order to keep his strength. On the third day he
finally caught the fish. He had pulled the fish in slowly and then threw his
harpoon at the fish's heart killing it instantly. The old man tied the fish to
the side of his skiff and began to sail home. As he was sailing a shark took a
large bite out of the fish he had caught. The old man harpooned the shark in his
brain, and as the shark rolled off of the fish it took the old man's harpoon
with it. The old man knew that there would be other sharks that would follow the
scent of the fish's blood. He tied his knife to the butt of one of his oars. Two
more sharks came and the old man killed them both. The second shark broke the
blade as it rolled off the fish. Desperate, the old man waited for the other
sharks. All he had left was a club, and he was going to use it. More sharks
came, but this time in a pack. The old man desperately fought off the shark with
his club, but the club was grabbed from his hands. He then ripped part of his
boat off and attempted to fend off the sharks. In the end the sharks had eaten
the fish down to the bone leaving the old man nothing. The old man noticed that
his skiff sailed faster without the huge fish tied on to the side of his boat.

When the old man got home he took all his belongings up to his shack where he
rested. The old man dreamed about lions, and he was happy. The first, and main
character in the book The Old Man and the Sea is in fact the old man, Santiago.

The old man, Santiago, is a tough, persevering man with fishing in his blood.

Santiago just wants to fish because that is what he lives to do. The old man
constantly asks himself, "What would the great DiMaggio do in a situation
like this?" This leads us to say that Santiago looks up to this base ball
player whom he addresses as "The Great DiMaggio" constantly. I like
the old man because he was a strong old man, and he was confident too. Even
through the toughest tasks Santiago perseveres. The old man improvises and never
gives up, just like when his fish was attacked by sharks. "But there was
nothing to be done now. 'Yes there is,' he said aloud. 'I can lash my knife to
the butt of one of the oars." Even in his darkest hours he kept on striving
to protect his fish. He killed many sharks and when he ran out of weapons he
continued to fight. "But the shark jerked backwards as he rolled and the
knife blade snapped. ...reached under the stern for the club." The old man
refused to give up. Santiago would fight the sharks until he died. "Fight
them,' he said. 'I'll fight them until I die'" The other main character
featured in this story was the boy, whose name is Manolin. There is not much
background on Manolin, for he is not in most of the book. Manolin is a young boy
who looks out for the old man bringing him