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In what specific ways does the Old Man from The Old Man and the Sea struggle with his profession? Why or how can this be personally meaningful?

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One way that the old man (Santiago) struggles with his profession is that fishing can be a feast or famine line of work: some days or seasons can be great and others can be catastrophically terrible. Having good days and bad days is common for any person, but a fisherman like Santiago has far less control over whether or not his day on the ocean will be fruitful or not. He can go out one day and catch a bunch of fish, but on the next day, he...

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