Analysis Of A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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1 William Ayres Prof. Davis Research Paper 4/15/2014 “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Garcia Marquez "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is an elaborate short story based on an old man most people believe is an angel. The story is about a Colombian family visited by an aged winged man who has fallen to earth. Though the story revolves mostly around this character, the story's true focus is not on the angel, but on the actions of the curious people that involve themselves with this man. The author illustrates in the story how humans can be abusive, ignorant and cruel to individuals who are different than others. The story describes how the mysterious Old Man is judged, sold, and mistreated until he is finally strong enough to fly away. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author of “Avery Old Man with Enormous Wings” is a well-known Colombian author “that has been considered one of the best writers of the 20th century”(Macondo). He published his first collection of short stories in 1955, which included the fictional short story written for children, called the “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.” In his work, he expresses that it is possible that he may have experienced similar cruelty within his life and the life of others. ‘We've entered a cultural realm in our own collective history where it has become necessary to question what's real.”(Sellman) It is Marquez's purpose to make individuals aware of the harm that is inflicted on others. He demonstrates how awful people can act around those who are different from what society considers as normal. Raised by his grandparents, Marquez was born in 1928 in a Colombian fishing village located in the Caribbean coast. “Because his parents were still poor and str... ... middle of paper ... ...better life. Despite these things, Elisenda was almost satisfied to see him leave. It may be almost human nature to be ungrateful, but in this example, Marquez explains the point of the story as the unwillingness of mankind to see what's actually in front of us. In conclusion, Even though we will never experience the sight of an angel or have a miracle to appreciate, we often forget to accept the common and normal things that we have until it is too late. We may search most of our whole lives for something, only to have it later pass us right by. At the end, just as in the beginning, a normal person is confronted with a series of unbelievable events, and fails to see this amazing moment happening in their life. In the end, the family probably goes back to their everyday lives, never truly understanding and appreciating the miracle that they had just witnessed.

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