Symbolism • Definition: Something which represents something else by analogy or association.
Lions in culture • Nowadays Lions frequently appear in pop culture. They are featured in multiple blockbuster films such as “the chronicles of narnia”, “Madagascar” and of course, the Disney hit “lion King”. • In numerous cultures the lion symbolizes ferocity, great strength and royalty. • As a zodiac symbol - those with the sign of Leo likely possess some liontraits such as: • self-confidence • controlling and passionate attitude • Independent • In medieval European kingdoms, such as the tribe of the Judah, the lion was represented as the “king of beasts” on shields and flags. • In Egypt, the Sphinx is an ancient symbol, which is the guardian of pharaoh’s temple
Lions in literature and art • Literature is replete with lions. A famous lion is the Cowardly Lion from the children’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Frank Baum. • The lion appears in the most ancient sculptures of Babylonia. Sculptured lions stand at the entrances of some modern buildings, such as the Art Institute of Chicago.
Old Man • Old Man: wise, experienced, prudent. Santiago represents the patience, humility and the good will of Christ. In order to prove that he’s not a weak and useless old man, Santiago sails out to sea to catch a giant Marlin.
Young Man • Young Man: vigorous, full of dreams, inexperienced, optimistic, enthusiastic.
Young Man Manolinrepresents a disciple of Jesus. He isSantiago’s apprentice; heloves Santiago and tries helping him.
Sea symbolism • Amajor symbol in the novel is the sea. It stands for all that is undiscovered in life, the metaphorical sea which man must sail on. • The sea is always mysterious and spontaneous. • It can be smooth and calm or it can be aggressive, stormy and destructive.
Fishing Fish Symbolic of kindness, patience, determination of Christianity.