| Quote #16
The old man is superior to others not because of his strength, but because of his willingness to endure pain and his determination to win.
Although the black man is a better athlete than the old man, the old man is more determined and therefore wins.
| Quote #17
The old man uses his own determination to test the limits of that of the fish.
The old man’s determination pays off; while he cannot beat the fish in strength, he slowly wears him down instead.
| Quote #18
That the old man speaks to himself illustrates the intensity of the situation; he has to verbally convince himself to endure.
Because the old man addresses his body, we see a difference in psychological determination, which is undying, and physical determination, which has its limits.