The Old Man and the Sea

How would you define "man" as he uses the word here?

After the fish jumps ad Santiago sees its size, he says about the marlin, "But I will schow him what a man can do and what a man endures"

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The great marlin is all tied up with Santiago's manhood. The fish is so big and powerful that only a true man is able to and worthy of catching it. This is Santiago's calling.