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 works hard he couldn’t become wealthy and prosperous. As the story evolves the reader can see that as the angel’s health is getting better, the life of Pelayo and his family is also getting better. This ugly old man with wings solves many things in the story. Along the story Pelayo makes money over the old man, because he was asking money in order to be able to see the angel. Pelayo made a lot of money out of this “attraction”. “With the money they saved they built a two-story mansion with balconies and gardens and high netting so that crabs wouldn’t get in during the winter.” (p.79) The monetary situation of the family had changed a lot during the story just like the health of the angel. “ At the beginning of December some large, stiff feathers began to grow on his wings, the feathers of scarecrow, which looked more like another misfortune of decrepitude.” (p.79) The plot of the story helps the reader to understand better Marquez goal and the characters are perfectly matching within the plot.
Second, the story A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings demonstrates how to see the beauty in the ugly and ordinary through the character of the angel. At the beginning of the story villagers were really impressed of seeing a foreigner...

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