A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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Story: "A very old man with enormous wings" 1955 Author: Gabriel García Márquez (1928- ) Central Character: A very old man with enormous wings that they call an angel and that was found in a stormy night in the rear of Pelayo's courtyard. Other characters: Pelayo, Elisenda, a neighbor woman who knew every thing about life and death, Father Gonzaga, a woman that had turned into a spider, the whole neighborhood and other people that came from everywhere to watch the angel. Setting: Pelayo and Elisenda's house, in a South American town, especially in the wire chicken coop, where the angel was locked with the hens. Narrator: Objective narrator. Events in summary: (1) Pelayo goes to throw the crabs that had entered his house during the storm to the sea in a rainy night, and on his way back he finds a very old man with enormous wings in his courtyard. (2) A neighbor woman tells him that it's an old angel that had been knocked down by the rain. Pelayo and Elisenda decide to lock the angel in the chicken coop. (3) the rumor expands and people from the whole country and even from others gets to their house to see the angel. They decide to charge five cents admission. (4) A woman that had been turned into a spider for having disobeyed her parents gets to town and people lose completely their interest in the angel. (5) Time passes and the chicken coop breaks, and the angel seems to be everywhere in the house, older each day. Pelayo and Elisenda are tired of the angel. (6) In December, the angel starts to grow new feathers in his wings, and one day, while Elisenda was cooking, a strange sea wind entered the kitchen and when she looked out the window she saw the angel trying to fly and finally flying. Tone: Mockery, to some extent of the ignorance of the people of the town, this behaved as ignorant in front of the angel, treating it as an animal instead of a supernatural creature. Style: The typical Magical- Realistic story of García Márquez placed in a familiar environment where supernatural things take place as if they were everyday occurrences. Main use of long and simple sentences with quite a lot of detail. "There were only a few faded hairs left on his bald skull and very few teeth in his mouth, and his pitiful condition of a drenched great-grandfather took away and sense of grandeur he might have had" (589).

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