Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Old Man and the Sea: Thoughts - Part VI
Now that I think about it from a new perspective, why are Santiago and Manolin friends? How did they meet in the first place? It is not mentioned, but how do I know Santiago is not actually a creeper? He is an old man who lives alone in a small village in Cuba. That right there is enough to at least hint at his creepiness. The village is probably too small to have a police force to stop him from his crimes against the little boys. Cuba is also not too well known for its righteous police. Mainly, he lives alone in the house. He has all the time to himself to do anything he wants with himself or his friends, if he has and other friends - it is not really discussed. The only time it mentions any of Santiago's friends, other than Manolin, Perico and Martin are the only other people mentioned in Santiago's life. Maybe he and Manolin have something between them more than just fishing and companionship. I, being a third party in the story, have no knowledge of what the two of them may or may not have done together in the past. Santiago could have some sort of fetish love for the young boy. Who knows? Everyone needs a little "companionship" in their lives, if you know what I mean. And, maybe Petrico and Martin are in on the fun with Santiago! It also never discloses the ages of Martin and Petrico. It only tells me that both of them own stores in the village. If only Manolin's father found out about their "relationship," I wonder how he would react if after forty days of just no fish he took his son away from Santiago. Well, Santiago is probably not a creeper, but who knows? Maybe his creepiness is still waiting to develop fully. I mean, come on, no one can look me in the eye and tell me Santiago nnever once had inappropriate thoughts about the boy.