Question # 4: Is Santiago a superstitious man? Explain. //// Is the old man superstitious? Justify or otherwise.
Answer: Santiago is not superstitious character. Having remained unsuccessful for eighty four days, he believes that he may succeed in future. He is a realist and believers in his skills and the techniques of fishing. He tells to the boy (Manolin).
‘Every day is new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. They say when luck comes you are ready.’
Santiago’s ideas are real. He believes in the power to endure suffering. The suffering provides a basis for hope and faith. He tells the Boys:
‘I may not be as strong as I think’, the old man said. ‘But I know many tricks and I have resolution.’
Santiago feels that he has committed no sin by killing the big fish, the Marlin. He attacks the sharks. He knows that the attack of sharks is not surprising. His defeat by the sharks is due to his going ‘to far out’ on the sea. All this is beyond the limits of the human beings. He also feels that he has betrayed the Marlin through ticks. He never shows any sign of being a superstitious.