The old man named Santiago has had rotten luck for 85 days, not catching anything. The old man used to fish with a young boy named Manolin. The young boys parents don't think that their son should be fishing with Santiago because they think that his bad luck will rub off on Manolin and cause him to not catch anything. The old man dreams of lions on a beach. He dreams of tinny lions playing, not hunting or being menacing. The dreams of the lions represent the escape from reality that the old man can find
The old man sets out to sea in his small boat and with no food. He is prepared to catch something big and knows that his luck is about to change. "Eighty-five is a lucky number," the old man said."how would you like to see me bring one in that is dressed out over a thousand pounds?"(Hemingway 16)
When going out to fish, the old man goes out far so he can catch the biggest fish. All of the younger fishermen have their lines twisted and at a bad angle, but the old mans lines are straight. He lets the current carry him out and is hoping for a large fish to eat his old sardines. His skill is shown and he is ready for any luck that will come his way.
The old mans line catches a fish. It seams to be a big one, pulling the skiff all around and swimming all over. The old man grabs his line and keeps it taught. The huge fish fights and starts to move far away from the city of Havana. The fish keeps pulling far into the night, so far that the old man loses sight of the city of Havana. "Then he looked back behind him and saw that no land was visible."(Hemingway 46)
The old man shows his multitasking prowess and catches a dolphin with one hand and keeping the marlin steady with the other. His skill shows and he is prepared for his luck and the dolphin is his. The old man forces himself to eat, but is thrown off by the taste and wishes that the boy was with him to cook and season the fish.
After days of struggle, the old man is finally able to bring the fish in. The marlin is bigger than the boat and Santiago has to keep the fish hanging on the side of the boat. The journey back to Havana is about to commence.
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