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Realistic And Magical Elements Of A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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Realistic and Magical Elements of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

 
   "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is a renowned short story written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was published in 1955. Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born and spent his childhood in Colombia but has lived in Paris and Mexico. As for the work that made him famous, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is considered by most an archetype of Magical Realism.

When reading "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings," one comes across many elements of Magical Realism. A good specimen of Magical Realism is the old man with wings. An old man is normal and earthly. However, when wings are applied, what was once mundane becomes stereotype of Magical Realism. What is most important about they old man with wings is not actually the old man himself, but, more importantly, the fact that the characters interacting with the old man view him as just a old man with wings. Unlike the society that most live in, this society would never accept the old man as ordinary. The woman who was turned into a spider as a child for disobeying her parents is also a good model of Magical Realism. Things in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's works are classified as Magical Realism. The woman who knew of all things living and dead is a type of Magical Realism. How many people know everything? For that matter, how many people actually know anything? The point is that no one, no matter whom, is capable of knowing everything.

 

Realistic elements are tossed into the melting pot of Magical Realism just as fictional elements are so commonly done. Capitalism is a realistic element that is never forgotten. No matter what any writer creates, it will more then likely have at least some kind of capitalistic act entangled into the plot. Pelayo and Elisenda fenced in the yard and began charging five cents admission to view the old man with wings. A great example of how capitalism, being a realistic trait, is normally incorporated with all things. Father Gonzaga is a realistic factor one must take into account. Religion is for the most part a realistic matter. Even though religion itself is not proven, or always expectable, the fact remains that most people look towards people of religion for guidance. This being the case Father Gonzaga, who is a man of religion, would be considered a realistic element.

 

There is no purpose to the Magical Realism elements illustrated in "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings". Let us keep in mind that in these Magical Realist works the author does not need to justify the mystery of the events, as the fantastic writer has to (Leal 119-124). The events happening within Gabriel Garcia Marquez's work flow unrestrained over the pages. The past events do not dictate the future events. There is no avalanche effect in Marquez's short novel. Nothing depends or is decided on one single event. Motions are carried out with out control or authority.

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