As well as the fictitious characters of books and stories, real people have to deal with obstacles every day of their lives. Whether it be paying back some bills on time, or slaying the metaphorical dragon that stands in your way, you will always come across some sort of obstruction.
The great marlin is
For three days, the old man and the fish fought for the victory, and after many hours of reeling and hoping,
Somehow, the elderly fisherman drives away the carnivores, but not before they strip the fish down to the bone and leave
Though the old man had to deal with numerous external conflicts, he had to deal with his own mental demons. In this case, the demon came in the form of loneliness. As
Several times throughout the story,
Lest anyone forget,
This leads to several questions regarding the old man and the state of his body and age. If he were younger, would that have necessarily made the oceanic battle easier? If
Though the odds were tremendously pitted against him,
How many others could have survived against those threats, let alone defeat them? Even though he was ensnared in a bleak realm of restrictions, the old man carved his own path with his abilities that contradicted his many weaknesses and obstacles.