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Santiago is more philosophic than formal philosophers (The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway)

23. Santiago is more philosophic than formal philosophers. Discuss. 

Answer: Santiago, the hero of the novel is no doubt more philosophic than formal philosophers. When we read the novel, we feel that he is a man of strong determination and willpower. He does not see the pessimistic view of life. He says confidently: “My big fish must be somewhere.” No doubt, he is a simple and ordinary hero of the novel but perhaps believes in “Simple living, high thinking.” Again we see him showing his philosophic nature when he repents over the idea of being a fisherman. However, he consoles himself saying that he has killed it in self-defense. During his journey to sea, he knows how to boost up his failing spirits. He remembers Manolin, dreams of lions on the beach, idealizes Di Maggio and remembers his hand game competition with the Negro. Similarly, during his struggle with the fish and the sharks, he shows that nothing in his way can be a hurdle. This discussion clearly shows that Santiago is more philosophic than formal philosophers. (Words: 168)