The Old Man and the Sea Characterization Vella Woodbury 10/31/18
“‘But remember how you went eighty-seven days without fish and then we caught big ones every day for three weeks.’” (10) The boy describes a time where despite the lack of fish for a long time, the old man continued to fish and then his luck paid off with a lot of big fish.
“Only I have no luck anymore. But who knows? Maybe today. Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.” (32) Santiago knows he is unlucky and hasn’t caught a fish in a long time, yet he remains optimistic and stays awake and alert so he has as good of a chance of catching something as he can, even if it seems unlikely.
“For a long time after that everyone had called him The Champion…” (70) The old man won an arm wrestling competition after a lot of struggle and people called him ‘The Champion” to show how long he persevered.
“He was comfortable but suffering, although he did not admit to the suffering at all.” (64) Santiago is fine with being in pain or uncomfortable so he can catch the fish even if it means suffering for long amount of time.
“The old man was thin and gaunt with deep wrinkles… brown blotches of the benevolent skin cancer the sun brings from its reflection on the tropic sea on his cheeks… his hands had the deep-creased scars from handling heavy fish on the cords.” (9-10) Despite Santiago being very old and thin, he still tries to catch fish and he has many scars to prove how long he’s been fishing and how hard he works.