Winged Man and Spider Woman in "A Very Old Man"
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The paper looks at the two primary characters in this story, the old winged man and the spider woman. The paper describes how Marquez examines these two mistreated and lost souls, and uses them to tell a story of human obsession to understand mysteries, especially those wrapped up in religion.
From the Paper:"The two primary characters in this short story, the old winged man and the spider woman, are both products of personal scarring that changes them into beings that the world around them consider "freaks". They are both seen by those they encounter in this story, who come to both taunt and revere them in different times, as creatures that have been changed by the hand of God. The treatment of both show the cruelty humans can perform towards one another. Because they are seen as somehow unearthly and tainted, they are caged and fed like the lowest of animals at first. There is a deep sadness in both creatures; the wounds inflicted upon them have turned them into the spectacles they are when they come into play in this story."
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