In the novella The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway tells the story of Santiago, an old, Cuban fisherman who, after going eighty-five days without catching a single fish, hooks a massive marlin.
After a long struggle, Santiago finally manages to catch the marlin. But before he reach return to shore, his prize is devoured by sharks. Despite having his body badly beaten and losing the biggest catch of his life, his spirit remains undefeated. Santiago is a man whose pride and determination drives him through his life. In the beginning of the story, we learn that Santiago has gone for eighty-four days without catching a fish. Manolin’s parents won’t allow him to fish with Santiago, the people in the village call him the worst form of unlucky, and his sail ” was like the flag of permanent defeat.