Here again the reader gets the impression that Santiago is just like any other creature in nature or even thinks of the fish as a human being.
A man continues to do whatever he must do to the best of his ability, no matter what tribulations befall him. The people on the land will be destroyed.
Where failure to catch fish or grow crops means starvation. In the first night of his struggle with the great fish, the old man begins to feel loneliness and a sense almost of guilt for the way in which he has caught him; and after he has killed the marlin, he feels no pride of accomplishment, no sense of victory.
It comes in the form of an eighteen-foot marlin and makes for a long, long battle that spans days. When he is striving hard to catch the marlin, which is bigger and stronger than him, he showcases his potential to fight to the extent and until the end.
The story opens with Santiago having gone 84 days without catching a fish, and now being seen as "salao", the worst form of unluckiness. But are they worthy to eat him?
He went out very quietly to go to bring some coffee and all the way down the road he was crying. The example essays in Kibin's library were written by real students for real classes. They become cold-blooded men, not wincing to tackle a great fish from within the bowels of the sea.