The Old Man With Enormous Wings Analysis

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Most people like to identify themselves with their cultural backgrounds such as priding themselves with their ethnic culture, heritage, and traditions. Although cultural background expands beyond the borders of ethnicity and race such as religion, hometown, or gender, just to name a few. However, unlike most people, I do not identify with my culture or ethnic background. Although I am a quarter Native American and a slew of other European races, mainly Irish. I do not recognize with either. For in my small community, the Natives on my mother’s side do not accept me for I am a yo-ne-ga or “too white”. Similarly, on my father’s side, I am too dark, and they call me the “black sheep”. However, I was raised as a Southern American, where football…show more content…
Marquez’s characterization of the creature makes the reader sympathize with him because the locals do not know how to care for him. Since the creature is so diverse, the community treats him like “…a science experiment, a holy figure, and a freak show.” (p. 150) Likewise, when I was a child, I was illiterate until the third grade. Being a late bloomer in life can affect a child’s self-esteem because I was reading the first-grade book in a fifth-grade class and automatically was subjected to bullying and isolation like the creature in “The Old Man with Enormous Wings”. For example, When Pelayo and Elisenda discovered the creature, they tried to rid of him on a raft, but the creature had been discovered in the chicken coop, and the villagers were tossing food for him to eat “…as if he weren’t a supernatural creature but a circus animal.” (p.150) Objectively, the experience I encountered as a child allows me to perceive this story with deeper understanding and created sympathy for others that considered “freak shows” in
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