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by Ernest Hemingway

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In The Old Man and the Sea, what larger message does Hemingway convey to the reader through the unusual relationship between Santiago and Manolin?

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Through the relationship between the old man, Santiago, and the boy, Manolin, in The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway conveys to the reader the message that real friendship is about faith, companionship, and emotional support.

When Manolin is with Santiago, Santiago feels more hopeful and more confident than when he is alone. Indeed, Hemingway writes that Santiago's "hope and confidence... freshen[s]" in the company of the boy "as when the breeze rises." Santiago's hope and confidence rises when Manolin is around because of the emotional support that Manolin offers him. Manolin reassures the old man, for example, that he will...

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