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Marlin
A large fish that Santiago attempts to catch in The Old Man and the Sea. The marlin represents Santiago's status as a fisherman, as well as his self-worth.
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Santiago
A Spanish fisherman in Cuba who can't catch any fish. Santiago's character and narrative arc parallel the Christian crucifixion story.
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The Old Man and the Sea
A novel by Ernest Hemingway about a Spanish fisherman who can't catch any fish. The novel won a Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and a Nobel Prize in 1954.
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Minimalism
An artistic style that places importance on things being as basic and simple as possible, instead of being floral or overly decorative.
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Ernest Hemingway
A Minimalist writer who committed suicide in 1961. Hemingway is the author of the novel The Old Man and the Sea.
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This flashcard set covers all of the important characters and topics that are related to Ernest Hemingway's 1951 novel, The Old Man and the Sea. You can use these flashcards to study the symbolism of Hemingway's characters, as well as the biblical allusions within the story itself.

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If you have to take a test on Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man and the Sea, you can use these flashcards to help familiarize yourself with the characters and symbolism present within the story. You can use these cards to help you keep track of who's who in Hemingway's classic novella.

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Ernest Hemingway
A Minimalist writer who committed suicide in 1961. Hemingway is the author of the novel The Old Man and the Sea.
Minimalism
An artistic style that places importance on things being as basic and simple as possible, instead of being floral or overly decorative.
The Old Man and the Sea
A novel by Ernest Hemingway about a Spanish fisherman who can't catch any fish. The novel won a Pulitzer Prize in 1953, and a Nobel Prize in 1954.
Santiago
A Spanish fisherman in Cuba who can't catch any fish. Santiago's character and narrative arc parallel the Christian crucifixion story.
Marlin
A large fish that Santiago attempts to catch in The Old Man and the Sea. The marlin represents Santiago's status as a fisherman, as well as his self-worth.
Sharks
Large marine predators that eat Santiago's marlin. The sharks represent the other fisherman who don't want to include Santiago in their social circle.
Manolin
Santiago's apprentice and only friend. Manolin cares for Santiago and helps him on his fishing boat.
Rogelio
A local man who assists Santiago with his fishing nets sometimes.
Perico
A man who owns a small store, or bodega, in Santiago's village. Perico is a reference to St. Peter.
Joe DiMaggio
A famous baseball player who Santiago idolizes. DiMaggio represents Santiago's faith, and functions as a Christ-like figure within the story.
Martin
A kind man who owns a small cafe in Santiago's village. Martin is a reference to St. Martin.

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