See the Beauty in the Ugly and Ordinary

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Have you ever been discouraged or tired of your daily routine? At one point, you become so used to your routine that you are not able to see the great things that are happening in your surroundings. The story A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez demonstrates how to see the beauty in the ugly and ordinary through its plot, its character and its oxymoron. First, the story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” demonstrates how to see the beauty in the ugly and ordinary through its plot. Pelayo and his wife have an ugly and ordinary life just like the health of the angel when he arrived in their courtyard. At the beginning of the story, Marquez describes the miserable life of Pelayo and his family: “On the third day of rain they had killed so many crabs inside the house that Pelayo had to cross his drenched courtyard and throw them into the sea, because the newborn child had a temperature all night and they thought it was due to the stench. The world had been sad since Tuesday.” (p.76) This quote explain pretty well the ugly and ordinary life of the characters. They have to kill crabs inside their house, because it’s raining and they don’t have enough room to do that at a different place. They have a sick newborn and it is consistently raining. When the angel arrived in Pelayo’s courtyard, the angle was in a despicable condition. “ He had to go very close to see that it was an old man, a very old man, lying down in the mud, who, in spite of this tremendous efforts, couldn’t get up, impeded by his enormous wings.” (p.76) Inside those two quotes you could see that Marquez is doing another comparison. He wrote that in spite of this tremendous effort, the angel couldn’t get up just like Pelayo’s wealth; even if he w... ... middle of paper ... ...e that even if they are having a hard life, something beautiful will happen someday to take you out of that ugly and ordinary position, just like the arrival of the angel. Marquez demonstrates that even if someone is physically and/or mentally different, he always has beautiful aspects, just like the villagers described the old man as ugly but they called it “angel” which is a beautiful supernatural being. The story shows also that even in things we dislike or find gross, there is always something great and beautiful. Through these fictional devices, we can clearly see the theme of see the beauty in the ugly and ordinary. This story should convince many people that even if they are going through tough moments in their life, they simply have to look from an outside point of view and they will find out that there is always something beautiful in the ugly and ordinary.

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