Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #13

A small bird came toward the skiff from the north. He was a warbler and flying very low over the water. The old man could see that he was very tired.

The bird made the stern of the boat and rested there. Then he flew around the old man’s head and rested on the line where he was more comfortable.

"How old are you?" the old man asked the bird. "Is this your first trip?" (3.10-3.12)

The old man makes friends with the creatures of the sea because he identifies similarities between them and himself.

Quote #14

"Stay at my house if you like, bird," he said. "I am sorry I cannot hoist the sail and take you in with the small breeze that is rising. But I am with a friend."

Just then the fish gave a sudden lurch that pulled the old man down onto the bow and would have pulled him overboard if he had not braced himself and given some line. (3.18, 3.19)

The old man’s statement that the fish is his friend is juxtaposed with their competition.

Quote #15

I wish I could feed the fish, he thought. He is my brother. But I must kill him and keep strong to do it. Slowly and conscientiously he ate all of the wedge-shaped strips of fish. (3.43)

The old man prioritizes his role as a fisherman over his feelings of brotherhood for the fish.

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