The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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What does the marlin symbolize in The Old Man and the Sea?

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In the book The Old Man and the Sea, Santiago finds himself reeling in a female Marlin, one of the most prized fish to catch in the ocean. Santiago sees this fish as a portrayal of tenacity, perseverance, and commitment because of his experience with it.
The Marlin’s mate stays with the fish during the struggle, giving encouragement and helping it to resist the fisherman, which is a display of the fish’s commitment and devotion until the end. Additionally, the fish put up so brave a fight that it is impossible to forget the perseverance and resolve it showed in trying to resist capture. This tenacity and perseverance endear the fish to Santiago and remind him of...

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