The Question and Answer section for The Old Man and the Sea is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Joe DiMaggio is Santiago's hero.
From the text:
"You are killing me, fish... But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother. Come on and kill me. I do not care who kills who"
I'm not sure what you mean by "picture failure".