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Pleasure Maker - The Pleasure-Maker Throughout the...

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The Pleasure-Maker Throughout the story “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”, Marquez uses vivid imagery to describe the village and its inhabitants. While the drowned man comes to this secluded town unannounced, he is welcomed with open arms, especially by the women. With the use of many sexual inferences, Marquez is able to portray the lust the women of the village possess for the lonely drowned man. Their village becomes a shrine as the entire town eventually worships this man’s size. In an essence, his pleasure- maker has become the village’s new god. In many areas of this story the women are seen undressing the man. Marquez states that, “Fascinated by his huge size, the women of the village decided to make him some pants from a large piece of sail” (586). In this instance, the women are preoccupied with finding a pair of pants that are large enough to fit him. The reader is constantly reminded of the size of this man throughout the story. In another instance, the village girls refer to his “huge size and beauty” (586).
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