A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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In Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ short story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, Marquez writes about an unexpected outsider and how people deal with that outsider or how they deal with the unknown and unexpected. In this short story, what they first assume is a “lonely castaway from some foreign shipwrecked by the storm” (51) shows up but after talking to their neighbor “who knew everything about life and death” (51), they then assume that he is an angel. Immediately the whole town rejects him, “they did not have the heart to clob him to death… before going to bed he dragged him out of the mud and locked him up with the hens in the wire chicken coop” (52). Pelayo and Elisenda, in addition to the rest of the town, reject the old man and begin treating…show more content…
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