The Old Man and the Sea

What do you learn about the old man while he is thinking alone in his boat?


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We learn that Santiago has his own value system. He muses about his identity and his masculinity: both are invariably tied to the sea and his role as a fisherman. He is frustrated with his age and failing body. He is nostalgic about his lost youth. We learn that Santiago longs for a chance at redemption: he longs to be a man one last time by fishing a great fish.