Santiago And The Marlin

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The fish in this story is also a symbol. The fish or marlin is seen as noble. Santiago does not believe that he is a worthy opponent of the marlin. In the book, a woman says that she did not know that sharks has such handsome, beautifully formed tails (Hemingway, 1952). This example shows that the fish was not only massive but, resplendent. This could be compared to nobility in the way that they wear luxurious clothing. The old man does not believe he is a worthy opponent because he sees himself as more fragile than the fish. The marlin could also represent the man when he was younger. This can be seen as when the man was once strong but as time went on he got weaker and weaker. The old man could also be seen as poorer and the fish high status
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