The Old Man and the Sea

why does santiago think the fish is male?

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The fish is, in fact, a male. For Hemingway, women were irrelevant, and they had no place in these types of endeavors. Throughout his novels, he usually focuses on male character development only.

This idea is further exemplified when the old man remembers hooking the female marlin out of a male-female pair out at sea.