The Handsomest Drowned Man Analysis

The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World, and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings are two short stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez that are both very similar, yet very different. Marquez was a popular author of short stories from the 1950s to 1970s, he had a very noticeable aesthetic where he created very unusual, and unrealistic situations, but somehow shows human faults. This makes it to where if readers truly read the book, and realize what Marquez is trying to do, they can look at their own similarities to the characters in the story. These type of stories would be classified as fables, conveying a moral with unrealistic situations, but Marquez has a very unique style that separates him from the average Aesop’s Fable. Which brings us to the two short stories we'll be talking about today, which are two prime examples of Marquez special ability to create such a different style of fables.
The setting of both stories are pretty much the same, in a small coastal village filled with very similar, and normal
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Spoiler alert by the way. In the Most Handsomest Man, they arranged a huge funeral for the man, that being the main goal of them in the whole story, after the funeral they throw him into the ocean and name the village after him, Esteban. In the Very Old Man, Elisenda, who was the main caregiver of the Old Man, let him out to sea and watched him disappear, knowing he would live a better life without the townspeople because they’re super lame. So both stories obviously have a lot of similarities structurally, thematically, and morally, but they’re both so different and such unique experiences by themselves, so reading them both would not just be like reading the same story over again, but instead both stories compliment each other and make you think about both of them way more, gets you more “woke” as the kids are calling it these

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