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What qualities make the old man in The Old Man and the Sea such a great fisherman, and what does the old man mean when he says "anyone can be a fisherman in May." How does this philosophy explain his life's work?

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The one quality, more than any other quality, that makes Santiago such a good fisherman is perseverance. He simply doesn't know how to give up. He has been fishing his entire life, and that in and of itself shows readers that Santiago isn't the kind of person to try out one career after another when things start to get tough. This is especially evident at the point in which readers meet Santiago. He has...

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