Essay on A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: Tone

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“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” uses tone, diction, and syntax to create an elaborate story that constantly has the reader on their heels. The tragic incidents dealing with the old man as a circus animal for the whole town creates a sad and depressing mood. A symmetrical structure placed on the story line helps balance out the incidents occurring throughout the plot. The story relies on imagery to create a picture inside our minds as to what is fact and what is false. In the short story, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, Gabriel Garcia Marquez uses the elements of fantasy versus reality to constantly change the tone from tragedy to uncertainty throughout the reader’s mind. Marquez creates a symmetrical structure
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When the old man is found, the main focus plays on his “[Huge] buzzard wings, dirty and half plucked, [that] were forever entangled in the mud” (Marquez 234). The emphasis that the man is human but yet has a pair of [mysterious] wings makes the reader question if he is an imposter or even if he really is a sent messenger. The close description of the wings also questions the reader why he is unable to use them to fly and if indeed he is an angel why he seems so helpless. In

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