Where does Hemingway use personification in The Old Man and the Sea?

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Personification is used by Hemingway to distinguish between the marlin and the mako sharks that tear it to pieces. Santiago regards the marlin as a noble and worthy opponent, an aristocrat of the sea. He sees his epic encounter with the marlin almost as a duel between two gentlemen. The mako sharks, on the other hand, are just vicious scavengers. There's nothing noble about Santiago's fight with them. This is a nasty, brutal slugfest, with no mercy given and none asked for.

Santiago has a bond with the great fish, an almost mystical connection which naturalizes the man as well as personifying the marlin. But it's not just the marlin to whom Santiago has such a deep connection; turtles, birds, and jellyfish are also...

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