The Old Man And The Sea Essay

1021 Words Sep 6th, 2016 5 Pages
The role of Manolin is crucial to the novella The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Manolin helps Santiago, the old man, by caring for him and by spending time with him. In the terms of a religious symbol, Manolin represents a disciple as he is devoted to the Jesus figure of the story: Santiago. One way Manolin shows his dedication and affection for Santiago is by him going against his own father 's wishes to leave Santiago. Instead Manolin decides to become Santiago’s apprentice, by helping “him carry either the coiled lines or the gaff and harpoon,” and by bringing him food to eat (Hemingway 1). Most importantly Manolin gives Santiago a reason to live and move past the constant defeat and humiliation of not catching any fish for eighty-four days.

In the novella The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, a memorable quote is recited by Santiago, the old man: “A man can be destroyed but not defeated,” which was a way of convincing himself that he will bring the fish back no matter what (Hemingway 29). This quote refers to Santiago 's constant failure at fishing, where Santiago “had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish,” and his resilience, which enabled him to persevere and never lose hope through these failures (Hemingway 1). Santiago 's battle with the fish shows that he must prevail or die trying, showing that even if inevitable death ensues during his battle, he will not be defeated. He exhibits his refusal to be beaten when he brings the fish…

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