"A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"
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Garcia Marquez's short story, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," uses the archetypal pattern of the fantastical, or mystical, to convey a serious message about mankind. The theme of the supernatural, or magical, is no doubt an important element of the story, driving the plot of the story; however the plot becomes the primary focus because of how the townspeople behave in this story. The paper shows that while we find the fantastical in the winged creature, we also find that Marquez allows the plot to focus not so much on the creature, but the attitudes of the townspeople that he encounters. As the story progresses, we see a negative aspect of humanity depicted in this tale. The paper explains that the townspeople are close-minded and cannot seem to get beyond their preconceived notions of what an angel should be. This paper concludes that through this inability to accept the fact that they are in the midst of something phenomenal, they only view the creature as something of a freak or fraud and, as a result, miss the miracle before them.
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