Literary Analysis "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Throughout history, many people have witnessed events that they cannot explain. People want to believe the supernatural and the unknown but perhaps they have never encountered something odd or strange themselves. The old man with wings, the main character in "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings," written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, was a misunderstood individual throughout his time on earth. The author uses details of the old man's persona and describes several strange events that occur to demonstrate the difference between natural and supernatural. Gabriel Marquez published "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" in the collection Leaf Storm, in 1955 (David). "Gabriel García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia, on March 6, 1928. Historically, the country was a rural nation of landlords, peasants, villages, and small towns. The history is deeply rooted in the culture and this culture has a strong influence on García Márquez's fiction." (Tillburg, Elizabeth Van, and Kelly Goodall). Marquez became inspired to write his stories based on where he grew up, Columbia. Marquez possibly was poor as a child. Connecting to Pelayo and Elisenda who were in poverty in their small village. The setting of the story takes place in Pelayo and Elisenda's house. The weather in the setting is gloomy and wet as their house fills up with crabs that get washed up from the sea. The author mentions the presence of a newborn child who is awfully ill, displaying a very high fever. Out of nowhere, an old man with enormous wings flies into the setting. Pelayo and Elisenda are very skeptical when the angel makes its appearance. The first thing they noticed was that the angel was very old and that he had angel-like wings. When the angel falls into the mud, the... ... middle of paper ... ...g, we know nothing about him or what his true purpose really was but most importantly, the story is set to give the reader a glimpse at what people are willing to do with supernatural occurrences and their perception on those types of things without actually getting to know what its true purposes are. Works Cited David. "Short Story Review: “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez." The Warden's Walk. Web. 5 May 2014. Jewel, Bonita. "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings Background." Study Guides & Essay Editing. 25 Sept. 2013. Web. 05 May 2014. "Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database." Garcia Marquez, Gabriel : A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. Web. 05 May 2014. Tillburg, Elizabeth Van, and Kelly Goodall. "Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Magical Realism." Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Magical Realism. Web. 05 May 2014.

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