the novel the old man and the sea
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Santiago personifies the sea as feminine and strong. He finds both beauty and pleasure in her but she also has her moods. She both gives to a man and exacts a price.
"He always thought of the sea as la mar which is what people call her in Spanish when they love her. Sometimes those who love her say bad things of her but they are always said as though she were a woman...as something that gave or withheld great favours, and if she did wild or wicked things it was because she could not help them."