A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

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Darryl Williams Kathi Griffin ENG 205 27 October 2010 Critical Analysis of “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” is a short story written by Latin American author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The primary purpose of this piece is to entertain the intended audience, which is stated in the epigraph as “A Tale for Children.” The secondary purpose of this piece is to teach the children a moral about where values are in society and how to behave. The topic of this short story is a couple, Pelayo and Elisanda, who find discover an old man with wings outside their home. The couple immediately assumes that the old man is a castaway sailor, because of his “incomprehensible dialect with a strong sailor’s voice.” They decided to ask their neighbor, who apparently knew “everything about life and death,” and she told the couple that the man was an angel who came for their sick daughter. This is where the story becomes satirical, because the couple locks the old man in a chicken coop. Angels are supposed to be all powerful,
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