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In what specific ways does the old man struggle with economic forces in his life in The Old Man And The Sea?    

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From the outset, it's perfectly obvious that Santiago isn't a very successful fisherman. We're told right away that he's gone eighty-four whole days without catching a fish. For someone who makes his living as a fisherman, that's a very long time indeed. Santiago is in the same boat as all other fisherman—no pun intended—in that he's very much at the mercy of economic, as well as natural forces. If fishermen don't catch enough fish, then that's...

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