One interesting question in The Old Man and the Sea is whether physical strength is as important as skill and experience. The old man may, admittedly, not be as strong as in his youth, but he makes up for it and more with his knowledge of the sea and his fishing prowess. Which ultimately prevails over the fish is open to interpretation and an interesting question to debate. In the text, we also get a glimpse of the deterioration of strength over time, and how a man who relies on strength in his profession can fight against this.
The old man’s strength is more valuable to him than his skill.
The old man’s skill is more valuable to him than his strength.