i thought it had to do with the fish never giving up and him never giving up but im not sure!! HELP!
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Sure, Santiago respects the fact that the fish never gives up. The great fish does remind the old man of himself in his youth. Santiago's mind often wanders to events symbolic of his youth. He wonders if his hero, the great Joe De Maggio, would stay with the Marlin. Santiago thinks about the day, long ago, when he beat the "great negro of Cienfuegos" in an all-night arm-wrestle match. The Marlin becomes Santiago's hero, his brother and himself.