Santiago’s struggle to catch the marlin, justifies that the biggest fish is the biggest challenge for Santiago. The giant fish, marlin is a symbol of an ideal life for Santiago. Hemingway leaves this to his reader to compare the huge fish marlin with Santiago.
Marlin in “The Old Man and the Sea”has very much significance,Marlin gives a charm to this novel. Santiago, the old fisherman, is greatly impressed by the giant fish, marlin. The appearance of the fish is the most thrilling incident of the novel. Santiago is the hero of the novel while the marlin is the hero of the sea. The marlin lives deep in the sea. He is very careful in swallowing something. The marlin is very big fish. It is the bigger than old boat. Indeed it is beautiful and experienced fish.