The Old Man and the Sea: Analysis of Santiago Essay

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The Old Man and The Sea: Analysis of Santiago

Ross Mueller Mr. Harocopos AP. English 11 29 September 1996

Ernest Hemingway had a specific type of character in each and every one of his works of literature. These characters were called the Hemingway Code
Heroes. Hemingway Code Heroes followed a strict code of behaviors which allowed them to live their life to the fullest. These Heroes lived simple lives without all the luxuries that others had. They concentrate on the problem at hand and do not get swayed by outside events. Avoiding intense personal relationships allows the Hero to stay focused. In The Old Man And The Sea, Santiago is considered the
Hemingway Code Hero for many reasons. Santiago lived an extremely simple life, the life
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Sharks attack the marlin on his voyage back to his small town, he works his hardest to keep them away. Santiago finds unique ways to keep them away. He makes a spear out of his knife, a paddle, and some cloth. When that breaks, he then uses the other paddle as a club to beat the sharks away. When food is low, the old man figures out ways to get more without losing his marlin. He sets up another rig while still concentrating on the task at hand. Santiago's relationships with others never go into deep personal information, they always stay friendly and never get intimate. His relationship with the boy is one of great importance in The Old Man And The Sea. Their relationship is a great friendship which has grown over years. The old man was the first person to ever go fishing with the boy. He was a teacher to Manolin, and showed him everything he knew. The boy would occasionally bring the old man food when he returned if he had not caught anything that day. Santiago read to the boy about baseball. Manolin enjoyed this immensely. He enjoyed being in the old man's company for he cared for this man because he was always kind to him.
The boy prepared the old man's bait some of the time. They both offered each other the best of company. While out at sea Santiago is constantlywishing the boy was there to talk to or to help with the mighty fish. Santiago does not have relationships with any of the other fishermen, outside of polite conversation.
His perseverance to catch

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