The Sea is another symbol which creates a significant part of the whole setting and mood. Most of the plot is unfolding on the sea where Santiago struggles with the Marlin. The water depicts the man’s inner feelings. For example, when sharks surround the boat, the Sea seems violet, and it is covered with blood when sharks begin eating marlin. However, when Santiago is alone in the boat, he talks with the Sea trying to see the beauty of it. And he finds small fish and plants that can be noticeable if looking deeper. The Sea inspires readers to think about the sense of life.
The Sea in the Essays