The very first lines introduce us the character ofAs they believe in a code which is based on fate. It seems that fate is angry with him. May be he is too old now to be either a real fisherman or a real man. Fishermen think that
. He is drawn as an old man. He catches fish and earns his living. But he has caught no fish for eighty-four days. A boy named Manolin is his friend. He has been learning the art of fishing since his child hood. We feel at first he has been failed to catch fish. Now the fisherman does not regard his as a man but consider him a ‘Salao’. Santiago
The only person who has devoted love for
The old man thinks the villagers materialistic. He thinks them spiritually dead. To the fisher man of the village the only criterion of success is to bring money.
considers fishing is his life – a hope for living; a purpose to prove the identity of human being. He does not think it a way of making money. For Santiago idealist while the other fishermen believe in materialism. The parents of the boy prefers to the materialistic approach. A man must catch a fish other wise he cannot have money. The simple fishermen of the village do not have the ability to see inflexible and marvelous courage of old man. Who is ready to retain the will to continue his struggle? They cannot judge the courage to try and rise what is believed to be impossible. Santiago