An Analysis of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Analysis

In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” he was able to exaggerate an element of our lives in order to prove that everything we have known and come to believe is actually not what it seems. Marquez has twisted something so solid in our beliefs such as an angel, in order to help us understand that nothing can be assumed from popular belief and appearances. Upon immediate viewing of the angel, the perception of reality has changed in its entirety. All past knowledge has become irrelevant now that it has been proven false. In an instant, an entire belief system has crumbled.

Pelayo and Elisenda refuse to think of this man as an angel even though he clearly was. “That was how they skipped over the inconvenience of the wings and quite intelligently concluded that he was a lonely castaway from some foreign ship wrecked by the storm.” Angels in our minds have been known as beautiful creatures that are pure and clean. They are the epitome of man’s view of perfection. Marquez has created an angel that is rank, disturbing...
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