A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings And The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World

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The Ugliness of Humanity There are always two opposite sides of spirits in every human, the bright side and the dark side. People can be sacred that they would like to sacrifice themselves for the others while some are ugly that they do everything only for their own benefits. The contrasts between two stories – “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel García Márquez – can definitely present the dark side of human in the world. Villagers in two myths had different responses to the magical, weird objects they met. However, these responses are based on the first impression of the magical things. The villagers in “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” treat the man with wings badly as he does not have a good appearance while the villagers in “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” worship the dead body because of his handsomeness. All these present the ugliness of humanity as people treat others only base on their first impression and their appearances. In “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, when the very old man first appears in the village, the villagers have different point of view on him but most comments are negative, for example Father Gonzaga, who is the priest, thinks the old man is not an angel but even a devil as “he reminded them (the villagers) that the devil had the bad habit of making use of carnival tricks in order to confuse the unwary” (Marquez, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”). The couple who discover

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