The Old Man and the Sea | Study Guide

Ernest Hemingway

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The Old Man and the Sea | Characters

Character Description
Santiago From a small village near Havana, Cuba, Santiago is an old and destitute fisherman who has not caught a fish in a long time. Read More
Manolin Manolin is a young boy, who loves and cares for the old man. Read More
Marlin The marlin is a huge fish—bigger and stronger than any the old man has ever caught. Read More
Fishermen Although the village fishermen first look down on Santiago because of his long streak of bad luck, they admire the sheer size of the marlin's skeleton.
Martin Owner of the local café, Martin allows Manolin to take free food to the old man.
Perico Although Perico never appears, he provides newspapers for Santiago.
Strong man from Cienfuegos Remembering how he won a long and difficult arm-wrestling match and an easier rematch against the "strong negro," Santiago associates this opponent with loss of confidence.
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