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Quote: I wish I had the boy.
Analysis: Santiago refers to his loyal friend Manolin who would have assisted him with his battle against the marlin. It may also symbolize Santiago's desire to be young again.
Quote: My choice was to go there and find him beyond all people. Beyond all people in the world. Now we are joined together and have been since noon. And no one to help either of us.
Analysis: Santiago is isolated. According to Hemingway it is only in isolation that man can achieve his true greatness.
Quote: But I must have the confidence and I must be worthy of the great DiMaggio who does all things perfectly even with the pain of the bone spur in his heel.
Analysis: Santiago looks upon Dimaggio as the ultimate man and strives to be like him. For those of you who don't follow baseball, Joe Dimaggio was one of the greatest baseball players of all time, married Marylin Monroe, and did coffee commercials.
Quote: Fish, I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.
Analysis: If I did not know the origin of this quote, I would look on it as a parody on machismo. I can see it now, a dusty old (perhaps senile), partially blind man having an old west showdown with a giant fish wearing a two gun holster and a bandana over his head. The old man, having consumed a few too many shots of whisky, gets sentimental and expresses his true feelings for the fish, but realizes he must kill it. I digress.