The Old Man and the Sea

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"But thank God, they are not as intelligent as we who kill them, although they are more noble and more able"

What's Hemingway saying?

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Santiago feels he shares a kinship with the creatures of the sea. He finds himself clever but not as majestic as the fish he catches, like the marlin. Santiago loves their noble strength that has nothing to do with vanity or external validation, it's strength comes from a much more noble and pure place.