A Review of Two Stories with a Religious Theme
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The author of the paper examines two short stories written by Garcia Marquez and Raymond Carver that incorporate the idea of religion through a series of symbols. "Cathedral" by Raymond Carver, is about a blind man who helps a man open his mind to a religious insight that he seems to have never been exposed too. The short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" written by Garcia Marquez is a story that questions the idea of religion and the idea and thoughts that have been incorporated in our minds.
From the Paper:"Marquez's story is a story that questions the idea of religion and the idea/thoughts that have been incorporated in our minds. Culture shapes our personality and culture is, in many cases, shaped by religion. In other words many of our ideas or views of the world are sometimes skewed because of our upbringing. Marquez develops a story of a "fallen angel". He portrays what an old, poorly dressed, grey angel. This is symbolic to the idea to what our society portrays an angel should look like. Many people have the idea of an angel being this heavenly, young, beautiful figure that will never get old. Marquez questions the idea of what an angel should be. He brings upon the idea that an angel doesn't necessarily have to be what the church says it is. The fact that these ideas are all "allegorical" portrayals of what our society/church have said to be doesn't mean it is right or even true. In the story, the angel supposedly made miracles that where very odd in the sense that they didn't make sense. Through this, Marquez questions the idea of miracles. He brings upon the idea of what miracles really are. Are miracles a coincidence or are they the source that keeps people with the idea of faith and hope. Through this story the authors tries to point out that because of the institutions that govern our lives, we are limited to our imagination. He makes this statement by symbolically questioning the characteristics of an angel and giving the reader an idea that entails questioning the validity of the so called facts that the church has given the world to be."
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