Erick Rojas Instructor: Dan Munteanu.English 104November 4th2014The Village of saint EstebanThe short story “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by GabrielGarcia Marquez, characterizes the significance of the arrival of a washed upcorpse with extraordinary physical characteristics. The villagers of a small, youngintroduce him as Esteban. Before the appearance of Esteban, the village has noapparent identity and it lacks of any sort of religious figure, myth, and hero thatdefines their people’s origins and principals. However, Esteban’s advent has alasting influence on the village, and his arrival marks a climatic point in the historyof the village. When Esteban arrives, the villagers are attracted to him, and theytreat him with a magnificent level of admiration that is unprecedented in theirvillage. After Esteban is brought into the village, the people commence to createstories about him that add to his apparent divinity. Finally, when Esteban is sentoff, the villagers create an eternal bond with Esteban by modifying thearchitecture of their village and declaring Esteban as one of their kinsmen. Thepositive response the villagers had upon Esteban’s arrival, the stories created thatportrays Esteban’s god-ship, and the abiding connection of Esteban with thevillage acknowledges that he is deity in the eyes of the villagers who construe andinspire this village.