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The Old Man and the Sea

The idea of sin (and original sin) are important to the tension, suspense, and character development of The Old Man and the Sea. Santiago, the novel’s protagonist undergoes two seemingly separate battles during the course of the novel: first against a gigantic marlin he hopes to catch while fishing alone, far at sea; the second battle he wages – against sharks who “steal” his prize – leads to a pyrrhic victory. Along the way, both external events blend with Santiago’s internal monologues, which indicate an inner, spiritual struggle. His walk mirrors that of Christ and the beginning of the novel he carries his ship-mast like a cross going to his sacred duty (fishing) and mocked by the other of his…