Analysis Of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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There are a wide variety of practiced religions and faiths throughout the world. Some of which are based around praying to or believing in a God.There are people of high religious beliefs who claim to have seen an angel or have had a spiritual encounter with their God. But there are people in the world who disregard the existence of angels or even a God. In the story of “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, the townsfolk believe to have an angel of God within their presence, though there no explanation that this is the case. It could be given that the main form of belief system in the story is that of the Catholic Faith. Gabriel Garcia Marquez uses religious elements to suggest that the townsfolk might believe that the mysterious old man with …show more content…
For example, when the old man is first discovered, the neighbor women explains to Pelayo and Elisenda that “He must have been coming for the child, but the poor fellow is so old that the rain knocked him down”(Marquez 273). The following day the boy is healed from his fever and can finally eat. This is either of high coincidence or the old man was indeed here to heal the boy from his illness. With his appearance also closely resembling an angel, this why the townsfolk are quick to believe he is angel. Yet if they believe him to be an angel, the townsfolk do not treat him with any respect. They begin to poke him and throw things at him while he is inside the coop. If these people were faithful to their practice of religion, they would treat this man with wings with the most love and kindness if he is one of God 's servants from Heaven.
Father Gonzaga shows us that even he is not as faithful to his religion. When he first meet the old man “Father Gonzaga went to the chicken coop and said good morning to him in Latin” (Marquez 273). Father Gonzaga then believes him to be an imposter because he does not understand Latin which by many religions, especially the Catholic Faith, is the language of God. By having to write to Pontiff to determine whether he is in fact angel shows that the church has no read understanding of what an angel actually appears as. Father Gonzaga is supposed

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