What is the meaning of the two (2) dead hawks and falcon in the oasis? How does this omen change Santiago’s status in society?
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I think that it represents that Santiago is capable of interpreting and understanding the soul of the world as well as the language of the world. The reading of omens in the natural world gives Santiago a special status reserved for men much more older and learned than he is. It symbolizes death and an impending battle. Santiago also knows he is responsible for things he says and does.