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December 2021

The Old Man and the Sea

Friendship & Respect

Screen Shot 2021-12-12 at 8.22.54 AMThe old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him...

Respect plays an important part in the book The Old Man and The Sea. Ernest Hemingway introduces it through the relationship between Manolin and Santiago. The old man gives Manolin his friendship and respect.On Day One Manolin and Santiago are walking together up from the beach to Santiagio’s home, and Manolin is sad because his family does not want him to fish with the “unlucky” Santiago.. "I remember," the old man said.  "I know you did not leave me because you doubted. "It was papa made me leave.  I am a boy and I must obey him." Later  they sat at the table and Manolin offers the old man a beer, "Can I offer you a beer on the Terrace and then we'll take the stuff home." Manolin helps Santiago by bringing him food, and this scene also shows that he and the old man have a close relationship. Even though Manolin is a young teenager, they still respect each other. “Manolin provides physical support to Santiago in the village, bringing him food and clothing and helping him load his skiff. He also provides emotional support, encouraging Santiago throughout his unlucky streak.” [Lit Charts] Later on, while sitting on the terrace,  the successful fishermen are laughing at the man for not catching a fish for eighty four days, but Manolin still respects the old man for who he is. "”I would like to go.  If I cannot fish with you, I would like to serve in some way.”  Santiago treats the boy as an equal individual, and gives him respect, “You bought me a beer," the old man said. This scene shows Santiago Treats the boy as a close friend, because friends respect each other. Santiago tells the boy he is a man already, "You are already a man.” Manolin responds, “I’d like to serve you in some way.” It also shows the respect Santiago has for the old man.