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Research Paper: “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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In the short story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” there are three main characters; The Old Man, Pelayo, and Elisenda. During a rainstorm, Pelayo notices an old homeless Man who had enormous wings. Pelayo and his wife Elisenda decided that the old Man was an angel who was planning on taking their newborn son to heaven because he was sick. After going to his neighbor, who told Pelayo that she thinks that the Old Man is an angle, however she is very suspicious. So she tells Pelayo to kill the homeless Man, Pelayo decides not to because his son was getting better. Pelayo being the nice on in the relationship convinces Elisenda make the angel stay in the chicken coop. Although a chicken ...view middle of the document...

Magic Realism is defined as “a literary genre or style associated especially with Latin America that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction” (Magic). The author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, writes this short story with the idea of connecting religion with magic realism. The best way to describe this is by comparing the two characters; The Old Man and the Spider Woman. The Old Man is an angle who somehow appeared on the land and became homeless. Then there is the Spider Woman who “disobeys her family’s wishes (sins) and is turned into a monster for it (punishment)” (Merritt).
Even though Spider Woman and the Old Man represent religion and magic realism, both of them represent being that one person that is different than the rest. “Using the angel as a symbol, Marquez shows how ignorance reveals the vulnerability of human nature often leading to uncivilized behavior” (Symbolism). This story was written in 1955, which is one year after the African-American Civil Rights Movement begun. Marquez, believes that even though you look, act, and believe differently doesn’t mean that you should get picked on and tortured like the Spider Woman and the Old Man had to deal with that. Even though the Civil Rights Movement was hard, there were people who didn’t care about how different the people were, and that there was a lot of acts of forgiveness shown during that time and in this short story as well.
The Old Man and the Spider Woman went through so much pain and torture from the people who were curious to see the two of them. The Old Man lived with Pelayo, Elisenda, and their son for several years after living in the chicken coop and getting his feathers plucked from his wings. He forgave Pelayo and his family, because if he...

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