19. THE OLD MAN AS A STRANGE PERSON
Q. What makes Santiago different from other fishermen? OR Why does the old man tell Manolin that he is a strange old man? OR How Santiago is different from other fishermen?
Answer: – During his days of ill luck and disappointment, Santiago told the boy Manolin: “I am a strange old man.” The deep study of the novel shows us that he was really “A strange old man.”
Unlike other fishermen, he was optimist. He was called “Salao” which was the worst form of being unluckily but he did not believe in it.
Unlike other fishermen, the old man was imaginative, thoughtful and seasoned person. Although he was poor and uneducated, he was gifted with a heroic bent of mind. During his crowning adventure, he was alone on the sea but he had many things to imagine. He talked to himself. He also talked to fish.
Unlike other fishermen, he was morally sound. He repented over the idea of being a fisherman. But later on, he consoled himself by thinking that he was a professional fisherman and it was his duty to kill the Marlin.
We can say that the old man was strange because of his extraordinary power of endurance, will power, heroic spirit and thoughtful mind. He was justified in calling himself “A strange old man.” (Words: 185)