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by Ernest Hemingway

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In the relationship between and the old man and the boy in The Old Man and the Sea, what does each give to the other, why does each value the relationship above all sets?

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The Old Man and the Sea presents the relationship between Santiago and his apprentice, Manolin, as similar to that between grandfather and grandson, because Santiago is so much older than the boy. Manolin represents innocence and, to some extent, ignorance of the evils of the world. The fact that Santiago has not caught any fish in almost three months is not an issue for Manolin; it is his parents who insist that he stop accompanying the elderly man. The...

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