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In “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez introduces the story of a rather unconventional angel while tying in the themes of the supernatural and the genre of magical realism. The story begins with a poor family struggling with a crab infestation and an ill child. While walking through his courtyard, Pelayo discovers an elderly fellow tangled and trapped in mud because of his sizable “buzzard wings”. This introduces an element of irony. Wings usually symbolize freedom and power. In this case, the old man’s wings were hindering his ability to succeed in escaping thesticky mud. They were holding him back from his freedom. It was upon discussion with his wife that the man was a castaway sailor, as his words were unintelligible and his accent was thick. However, a sagacious neighbor insisted that the pitiful being was an angel that had arrived to transport the soul of their sickly child. The neighbor insisted that the angel should be killed, however, Pelayo and his wife Elisenda could not bring themselves to do something so barbarous. That was very kind of them, right? They proceeded to imprison the oldman and allow his mistreatment for personal gain. The chicken coop becomes the creature’s prison, as the neighbors would tease him and throw scraps of food into the cage. Father Gonzaga, the town’s priest, travels to the residence in order to study the angel, and concludes that the angel is a phony and a trick. Despite this, people still began to travel far and wide to see the creature. In fact, Elisenda was reduced to summoning troops to fend off the crowds of curious trespassers. While cleaning up trash after people had come and gone, Elisenda had a sudden revelation. She would begin to charge people five cents to see the angel. While one in this situationcould easily have a revelation concerning the great and powerful mystery of God, Elisenda’s revelation has to do with something as superficial as financial gain. As the story unfolds, Elisenda takes onthe persona of a greedy businesswoman. Pelayo and Elisenda proceeded to benefit off of individuals

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