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Describe the dream Santiago had at night in The Old Man and the Sea.

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Santiago has a recurring dream in which he goes back to his childhood in Africa. No sooner is he asleep than he starts dreaming about the long golden beaches, the white beaches, the high capes, and the great brown mountains. In his dreams, he can even hear the mighty roar of the surf as it crashes against the coast.

Talking of mighty roars, Santiago also dreams of lions. He sees them on the shore, playing gaily like young cats, just as they used to when he was a boy. The lions and Santiago's boyhood memories of them could be said to symbolize his lost youth. Santiago's not getting any younger, and yet in his epic showdown with the marlin, he somehow has to dig deep and find some of that inner strength he once had when he was younger. How he wishes he could be like the lions of his dreams and of his youth, so young and strong and full of vitality!

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