A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings Essay

1354 Words Nov 14th, 2014 6 Pages
“Irony is a clear consciousness of an eternal agility, of the infinitely abundant chaos” writes Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel in his third volume of the Athenaeum. Many can tell that irony is something of the opposite than what a reader expects it to be. Irony leads to chaos in the end of the stories, an angel arriving, a father who left his family, and a family getting murdered. Sherman Alexie’s “Because My Father Always Said He Was The Only Indian who saw Jimi Hendrix Play ‘The Star Spangles Banner’ At Woodstock,” Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children.” Although all three of the short stories are completely different from one another, they all have some kind of irony going on in the plot. In Marquez’s short story irony is brought into the reading to show that sometimes something people think is going to happen, the complete opposite occurs. To begin with, irony is shown in the title of the story. The reader expects that story is going to be a children’s story with little vocabulary and how an angel is going to help people. Marquez made the story the complete opposite that the reader would think of it to be. He writes with complex vocabulary with words like provisions, and sacramental, the reader would expect to see complex words that children are able to understand. In this case, Marquez writes “The angel was no less standoffish with him than with the other mortals, but he…

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