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While at sea the old man, Santiago, not only faces battles of strength, but also perseverance. Santiago has had more than a person should have of bad luck within his fishing career. Despite his old age, he wants to make up for all of the fish that he didn’t catch in his eighty-four days of bad luck. The relationship that the old man has with the sea and the creatures of the sea is what gives him hope and the endurance to not give up. Endurance is having the strength and courage to keep moving forward to reach your goal, no matter what battles may try to get in the way of that goal.
On his fishing journey, the old man catches a big marlin that really puts his endurance to the test. One quote that was said by Santiago was, “I may not be as strong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.” (23) This quote from the book is saying that the old man is aware that he is not as strong as he used to be when he was a young fisherman; however, he is wise enough to keep moving forward. He has had enough experience at sea to know what to do when something goes wrong, and he knows how to control a strong fish that puts up a fight such as the marlin that he caught. Santiago was willing to do anything to hold on to the big fish and to stop it from getting off of the line.
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They both put up a fight that not many fisherman or fish would put up with. “Fish,” he said softly, aloud, I’ll stay with you until I am dead.” (52) This quote from The Old Man and the Sea shows Santiago’s determination to bring the marlin home, no matter how long he has to stay and fight with him on the line. The old man ended up struggling with the fish for three straight days. If that isn’t the definition of endurance, I don’t know what is. It takes a strong and humble person to stay at sea for that long for one

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