The flag of permanent defeat - The sail of Santiago's boat that had been patched with old flour sacks.
Albacore - A type of tuna that Santiago uses as bait.
lions - The great creatures on the beaches of Africa about which Santiago dreams. Santiago loves great and majestic animals and considers them as his peers.
la mar - Santiago thinks of the sea as a feminine creature because it is temperamental and emotional. Santiago is at one with nature.
sharks - Creatures that attack Santiago, his skiff, and the marlin as they head back towards the shore. They tear up the flesh of the marlin and take some of the glory of victory away from the old man.
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