The Old Man and the Sea

What is the significance of Santiago's age in terms of his not being defeated?

Is the Marlin defeated? Why or why not?

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Santiago is an old man. Other fishermen make fun of him because this old man keeps fishing unsuccessfully. Santiago doesn't feel defeated. He has dreams of his youth. He sell feels like a man when he fishes. The marlin is defeated in a physical sense. Santiago catches him. In a metaphorical sense Santiago considers the fish his brother. The catch is a communion of sorts.