The Old Man and the Sea Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the relationship between Manolin and Santiago.

They are close friends. Santiago first took the boy out fishing when he was only five years old. They have been fishing together ever since.

2. Discuss the idea of luck in The Old Man and the Sea.

The fishermen are superstitious and believe it is bad luck that brings Santiago home empty handed for eighty-four days. Santiago thinks luck has more to do with the choices he makes. Then when good luck comes, he is ready.

3. How do you know that Santiago only intended to fish for one day when he left to go far out into the sea?

He took only one bottle of water and no food with him. He had no idea what was going to happen that day.

4. Describe the scene that shows the good nature and high character of Santiago.

When he and the boy are having beers at the Terrace after returning one more time with no fish, he does not become upset when other fishermen begin to tease him about his bad luck.

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