The Old Man and the Sea is a small novel, less than 100 pages. It is the story of an old fisherman,But it is not the story line that is of any significance; what matters is the sub-text and the philosophical message that it carries.
, who catches a big fish but loses it and then rises above his defeat to try again. It is also the story of a touching relationship between the old man and a young boy. Santiago
Manolin: A young boy,
’s closest friend. Santiago
Martin: The owner of the Terrace who gives Manolin food for the old man.
Pedrico: He receives the head of the marlin to use for his traps.
Rogelio: A young boy who had helped
with his fish nets. Santiago
The Marlin: The biggest fish ever caught in the Gulf.
Los Galanos are hunting sharks who destroy the marlin.
The Mako Shark is known as the killer shark with eight rows of teeth.
The Old Man and the Sea is not divided into separate chapters. It is one continuous story and has to be read as such. But for the sake of convenience, we have divided it into separate divisions so that the philosophical aspects of the novel are more easily understood. We have also used large extracts from the novel which have been presented in italics. Although the novel has been covered comprehensively, it is important that you read it and form your own opinions about it.