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Writing Assignment 4 Final

Writing Assignment 4 Final - Xu 1 Yue Xu Margaret E Haun...

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Xu 1 Yue Xu Margaret E. Haun English 105 U1 23th March 2010 Gabriel García Márquez's "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings": Solitude of Latin America Gabriel García Márquez continues his mission to create his one book, the book of solitude in his short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings." In the story, the old man with colossal wings appears alone when Pelayo discovers him trapped in Pelayo’ backyard, and stands by himself throughout the story until he flies away and become “an imaginary dot on the horizon of the sea” (García Márquez, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, 112) The weak but unique old man suggests the isolated Latin American nation with obscure identification and their history that is bathed in blood and exploitation. And the old man's solitude--the price for confronting existing ideology—implies the solitude of Latin America. People are inclined to isolate things that contradict their common sense. The blurrier their identities are, the more they are alienated. The old man in Pelayo's backyard looks too humane and undignified to be an angel, yet too outrageous and impossible to be a "lonely castaway from a wrecked ship"(García Márquez, 106) because of his unusual wings. This ambiguous identity leads to distancing and treatment from Macondo villagers like that to livestock.
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