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A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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This story written by Garcia Marquez in 1968 offers an original reading of Latin American identity through the poetics of Magical Realism. The emergence of a pathetic angelic being in a small town and the curious assumptions about their identity pose a reversal for the imaginary about Latin America. The vision of the continent as a land rich in miracles generated by the texts of early European chroniclers behind this story and makes it believable the visit of an unusual guest.
Making the unbelievable believable, humanizing the divine, accept the absurd and humorous that are managed wisely Garcia Marquez to fictionalize the paradoxes of a land where the boundaries between the natural and the supernatural, the certain and the uncertain, the rational and magic, history and myth are blurred and elusive. These characteristics are precisely what make it difficult man and Latin American women know, for certain, who they are and where they are.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Born in Aracataca , Magdalena, people from the Colombian Atlantic coast, on March 6, 1927 (Nobel Prize for Literature 1982) , reads in her autobiography as " Live to Tell " . Known affectionately as Gabo, was the eldest of a large family of twelve children, considered middle class. Raised by his grandparents until the age of eight, when his grandfather died, Colonel Nicolas Marquez, stage of life that has been very influential in his writing.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez background has been influenced as many people in small Colombian towns with magical stories loaded of divinity when the strange event of nature has no other way to be explain from them(Latin people) that divinity, even when any event has an scientific explanation is not accept for them because of the culture. This clearly shows the need of explain the meaning of our lives believing in supreme things that has to be existing, it is basically an effect of the ignorance and the culture of Latin American people. Our culture (I’m Colombian) is highly marked by religion and superstition.
The initial situation of the text presents a framework whose family is threatened by everyday order of nature overflow: heavy rains and invasion of crabs. But the disturbing element ,which further alter family life will not be the excesses of nature to the Caribbean Couples has, but the emergence of a supernatural being in the bottom of the backyard .
From this, the author turns on the basic narrative structure of this story: the desecration of the sacred. First, we proceed to the devaluation of the angelic powers, and that miracles are translated into a sort of consolation prize “consolation miracles." After the euphoria of novelty, the angelic condition is reduced to the family pet: “tolerated the most ingenious...

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