About how old do you think Manolin is? What do you think about the way the boy spends his time, given his approximate age? Compare and contrast your own responsibilities with his, keeping in mind the setting of the story, and his relationship to the old man and to his parents.
There is evidence to suggest he is a boy in some ways and a young man in others. However, his loyalty and hard work seem to transcend age. Manolin seems to be rather independent of his family, yet still respectful of their requests. He is an adolescent, and clearly old enough to be on his own. But it seems that in Manolin's culture, it is not uncommon for boys to do things without their parents at...
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