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by Ernest Hemingway

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How does the boy react to Santiago's catch in The Old Man and the Sea? Does the boy think the accomplishment is worth the price? How does the boy reassure and comfort the old man, and how does the boy feel within himself?

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To fully understand the boy's reaction to Santiago's catch, it is important to consider it in the context of the relationship between them that the author establishes in the beginning of the novella. It is clear from the start that the boy deeply loves Santiago. He used to fish with the old man and learned how to fish from him, but when they didn't catch anything for a long time, the boy's parents proclaimed Santiago unlucky and insisted that he should work in another boat.

As the story opens, the boy tells Santiago that he has money now and he could accompany him again. However, Santiago counsels the boy to stay with his current boat because it is lucky. Santiago and the boy share a beer on the Terrace, and the boy offers to get some bait and some sardines for the old man. The boy helps Santiago carry his gear to his shack, they...

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