response essay to A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

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Kayla Murphy September 28, 2011 Wilder, English 3610 Response Essay 2 Upon reading Gabriel García Márquez’s short story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, I was repulsed by the imagery of such a grotesque angel. Having gone to Catholic school for nine years, I was always taught that angels were beautiful and majestic creatures. A description of an angel such as this one calls into question everything that I thought I knew about angels. The angel in this story perfectly epitomizes magical realism. As magical realism blends the fantastic with the realistic, so does García Márquez’s description of this angel. The angel is described as having “…only a few faded hairs left on his bald skull and very few teeth in his mouth…” (446). To anyone having learned the Christian depiction of angels, this image contrasts starkly with the blindingly beautiful angels that are supposed to exist. The disgusting descriptions of the angel subvert the readers expectations, particularly when his wings are
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course ENGL 3260 taught by Professor Lancewilder during the Fall '11 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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