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Human Nature In Gabriel Garcia Marque´S A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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Soar on Wings like Eagles
“A Very Old man with Enormous Wings” is a short story written by Gabriel García Márquez in the third person objective point of view that utilizes magic realism to highlight some of its literary themes and elements. The title of the story alludes to an angel that Peyalo and his family find after he has fallen into their yard. The story utilizes magic realism all throughout primarily through the angel to make elements pertaining to human nature shine through. Márquez shows these various aspects of human nature in the story mainly by highlighting three main natures, caring, curiosity, and the opportunism of humans through his use of magic realism.
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However when it comes to examining human nature this idea helps to aid seeing a bit of the darker side of humanity especially when the magic realism of the angel is factored into the equation. The darkness of this becomes especially vivid when noted that this topic is usually viewed upon in a much lighter sense then is seen here. After the first decision has been made to not bludgeon the angel to death, Peyalo and Elisenda must decide once again what to do with the angel. The couple decides to “put the angel on a raft with fresh water and provisions for three days” (270), this decision almost seems like a ray of hope after some of the darker thoughts mentioned before. This decision forces the couple to inconvenience themselves for sake of the angel and to waste their own personal resources. At first glance sparing the angel such a small amount of sustenance may not seem like to much trouble but do not forget that this family has fallen on hard times already as it is. However the glimmer of hope this decision appears to be at first is just another cloud on the horizon when one begins to look at this decision from a practical point of view. The sea is a harsh mistress especially to a vessel as unformidable as a raft with only three days of sustenance to ration and an already broken bodied angel as its captain. Surely he will die alone out at sea but this decision may help clear the conscious of the family who sentences him to this fate. Is it still considered caring to simply shrug off the burden of another’s life just to feel better inside? In this way human nature limits itself even to the point of contradiction, throwing out all concepts of right and wrong, simply to fulfill its urge to be achieved. Finally the third and last decision dawns upon the family as they decide to harbor the angel and allow it to recover, heal its damaged wings, and be set free. This final and dragged out bit of salvation and hope can be contrasted to with the angel well due to God in a sense that while humans do nothing but lay broken in their sin He offers them an undeserving bit of salvation. The family is later seen caring enough for the angel to seek out medical attention when the angel fell ill at their own expense. Over the course of the story as seen chronologically through these three main decisions, the family gradually redeemed their caring nature and shows that humans caring for others can possibly be one most beautiful aspects of human nature even if it takes a little patience to achieve.
Whether it is far reaching of outer space, the deep abyss of the ocean or angels falling out of the sky into a neighboring yard the curiosity of humans is bound for exploration and questioning. Humans will exhaust many resources including their money, energy, and time seeking out things unbeknownst to them. Humans are compelled to waste these resources that they collect simply to fulfill their basic human nature of curiosity. Towards the early portion...

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