In the opening pages of the book, he has gone eighty-four days without catching a fish and has become the laughingstock of his small village. His knowledge of the sea and its creatures, and of his craft, is unparalleled and helps him preserve a sense of hope regardless of circumstance.
But as we go through the novel we find a man who is resolute, courageous, Strong and undefeated. He says all about himself truly. He is optimistic by temperament. His hands have deep creased scars from handling heavy fish. As the old man says, Martin is a man of frequent kindness who deserves to be repaid.
The humility remains with his immense fatigue. He then endures a long and grueling struggle with the marlin only to see his trophy catch destroyed by sharks.
There are deep wrinkles in the back of his neck. Paradoxically, although Santiago ultimately loses the fish, the marlin is also his greatest victory.
He has to go with out a fish. Our first impression of Santiago is that of a failure. He has unlimited will power and self-confidence that enables him to win victory over his adversary.
He is very humble. As an old man, Santiago must also cope with the physical demands of his job in the face of the infirmities of his aging body.
He is ready to endure the pain. He shows himself to be a seasoned and a skilful fisherman.
Santiago also loves baseball and occasionally gambles. This act establishes him as a kind man who helps the aging Santiago.
As such, he suffers quietly, with dignity. Novel shows Santiago a Christ like figure. In the end, Santiago returns to the island with only a carcass, and he carries his mast the way Christ carried the cross.
He succeeds in catching a big marlin but he losses the battle at the hands of sharks. We, like Manolin, know that Santiago is not defeated, and he will venture out in his boat the next day to fish not for money, but for pride and self-respect.
Santiago is very compassionate. Santiago is the best fisherman of all. This old man is thin and gaunt. Despite a painful bone spur that might have crippled another player, DiMaggio went on to secure a triumphant career.
The old man first took him out on a boat when he was merely five years old. Both these characters belong to the gallery of immortals. He is conscious of the moods of the weather and sensitive to sunrise. Yet, it also shows his determination to change his luck.
He talks to himself, the fish, and the birds not because he is crazy or lonely, but because he treats all of nature as his equal; in fact, he calls the marlin his "brother.
After eighty days failure, he decides to far out to catch a big fish. Santiago admires how DiMaggio, whose father was a fisherman, plays in spite of bone spurs in his feet that cause him pain whenever he runs.
When the captured marlin is later destroyed by sharks, Santiago feels destroyed as well. Read an in-depth analysis of Manolin.After all, Santiago is an old man whose physical existence is almost over, but the reader is assured that Santiago will persist through Manolin, who, like a disciple, awaits the old man’s teachings and will make use of those lessons long after his teacher has died.
Santiago's wife has died, and he has a daughter who fears he is too old to fish or even live alone much longer. Santiago is a mentor to a young (probably early teenage) boy, Manolin. When the novella begins, the old man has gone 84 straight days without a catch, and, as a result, is the subject of ridicule among the other, younger fishermen.
Like Santiago, the marlin is implicitly compared to Christ. Manolin - A boy presumably in his adolescence, Manolin is Santiago’s apprentice and devoted attendant. The old man first took him out on a boat when he was merely five years old.
Santiago is an impoverished old man who has endured many ordeals, whose best days are behind him, whose wife has died, and who never had children. For 84 days, he has gone without catching the fish upon which his meager existence, the community's respect, and his sense of identity as an accomplished fisherman all depend.
Santiago gives him the marlin's head at the end of the novella in gratitude for supplying him with newspapers that report the baseball scores. Martin The owner of the seaside café, the Terrace, where Santiago and other fisherman eat.
The timeline below shows where the character Santiago appears in The Old Man and the Sea. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are .Download