Where does the old man go to end his unlucky streak?

In The Old Man and the Sea, the old man is deep in the waters of the Gulf Stream when he manages to catch an enormous marlin and end his unlucky streak.

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The old fisherman in Hemingway’s novel is named Santiago, and he lives in a fishing village in Cuba. After attempting to bring in a great catch for many weeks, Santiago takes his boat out deeper, away from other fishermen and boats, and manages to catch an enormous marlin. It is...

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The old fisherman in Hemingway’s novel is named Santiago, and he lives in a fishing village in Cuba. After attempting to bring in a great catch for many weeks, Santiago takes his boat out deeper, away from other fishermen and boats, and manages to catch an enormous marlin. It is significant that it is only here that Santiago is able to end his unlucky streak and catch the huge fish.

However, this catch is not easy, as Santiago must wrestle with the marlin for three days before taking it as his own. It is a monumental battle. While they wrestle, Santiago does consider the fight in the marlin and respects the marlin’s strength.

Even after Santiago gains his prize, he is then threatened by a group of sharks who are tempted by the marlin hanging from his boat. As the sharks threaten both Santiago and his marlin, he fights them off and kills some of them. Note, again, how Hemingway presents a series of obstacles Santiago must overcome in nature. As Santiago finally returns to shore, he no longer has a trophy marlin to display for all to see; there is only a skeleton of the fish left hanging on the side of the boat. The old man is exhausted. Consider what the skeleton represents for both Santiago and others who see it.

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