The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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In The Old Man and the Sea how does the old man feel about the fish?

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Santiago greatly respects the marlin, seeing it as a worthy opponent in this titanic battle of wills. There is a great deal of personification in the story, and the depiction of the fish as a noble, valiant participant in a gentlemanly duel is the most significant example of this.

In the marlin, Santiago sees his younger self, when he was full of vim and vigor. Those days are long since gone, but it's nice to be reminded of them all the same. Santiago may be aging, and his body may be tired and worn-out, but so long as he can do battle with the great fish of the sea, he can still hold...

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