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by Ernest Hemingway

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How does Santiago relate to the turtles in The Old Man and the Sea?

Santiago knows the turtles well from his many years on the sea. He loves them and feels a sense of identity with them. Their hearts go on beating for hours after they are cut up. He also does not give up easily, thinking "I have such a heart too...."

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Santiago, the old man, thinks about how he loves turtles. He loves the various kinds of them: the elegant green turtles and hawk-bills for their speed and "great value," but also the awkward loggerhead species.

He feels, as well, a strong sense of identification with the turtles. He likes them because they eat the jellyfish, which he calls the "falsest" creatures in the sea. He hates the jellyfish because of the welts and sores they leave on his arms when they get...

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