What would you say about Santiago as a fisherman, a former husband, as a friend to the boy, and as a fan of baseball?

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First of all, Santiago is the Hemingway hero, so as such, he is imbued with those characteristics. Santiago as a fisherman is seen as a stoic; he endures much pain as he follows the marlin out to sea yet never gives up. Though he does contemplate whether killing the marlin was a sin:"Perhaps it was a sin to kill the fish." As a Hemingway hero, Santiago has a difficult time getting close to others except for the boy, Manolin.They have an unspoken bond that goes deeper than friendship. He is a baseball fan because there are parallels between DiMaggio and Santiago. DiMaggio has great pain with his bone spur but overcomes the pain to endure and be the best at the game. Santiago must endure the cramps in his hand to catch the fish. It is curious that as a husband, Santiago puts his wife's picture away as "it makes him too lonely to see it." This is a tale of endurance and grace under pressure, no matter the pain, one endures silently, without complaint, and goes about the hardest task put before man, living.

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