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The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

Study Help Essay Questions

1. Consider just some of the literary and biblical characters with whom Santiago is identified. In what ways is he the same and in what ways different?

2. Three times during the novella's conclusion, Manolin expresses his faith in Santiago and all he represents. What do each of these three affirmations represent? Considering that Santiago eventually must die, what role(s) will Manolin assume after Santiago's death and how will Santiago's memory continue to impact Manolin's behavior?