The Old Man and the Sea

how does santigo relate to manolin?

from the old man and the sea by ernest hemingway

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The relationship between the old Santiago and the young Manolin is like the master and his apprentice filled with the subtext of compassion, sympathy and loyalty. Santiago sees the boy as an apprentice of sorts. He treats Manolin very much like a son. Manolin gives Santiago loyalty and respect; Santiago gives Manolin the essence of the ocean and his own life which is so entwined.