Symbolism In A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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After reading a story of a family with a sick son and a creature that lands in their yard, it left me feeling as if not everything is as it seems and miracles do happen. There are several reasons this story is memorable. The pieces of this short story that I found interesting were used in symbolism and character. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” is a story that I will be able to recall in five years from now.
From the setting the narrator tells us “The world had been sad since Tuesday. Sea and sky were a single ash-gray thing and the sands of the beach, which on March nights glimmered like powdered light, had become a stew of mud and rotten shellfish.” (Marquez 356). This is using symbolism to show that Marquez
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When the boy is feeling better Pelayo and Elisenda think to let the angel go. Then I read, “When they went out into the courtyard with the first light of dawn, they found the whole neighborhood in front of the chicken coop having fun with the angel, without the slightest reverence, tossing him things to eat through the openings in the wire as if he weren’t a supernatural creature but a circus animal”(Marquez 357). The people’s ignorance creates a hard time for this creature who is described as “a very old man” (Marquez 356). With the possibility of this being an angel the people should have cared for him instead of torturing him. This part of the story keeps me on my toes. This could be symbolism as well. The people’s ignorance treating the angel as a circus animal seems to be an innocent action as a toddler not knowing what they are doing wrong. I …show more content…
At first the angel is described as “dressed like a ragpicker. There were only a few faded hairs left on his bald skull and very few teeth in his mouth, and his pitiful condition of a drenched great-grandfather took away any sense of grandeur he might have had”(Marquez 357). This is showing that he is giving everything he has to heal the couple’s son so he could live a normal life. The angel chose to give up his beauty for another person’s needs. Marquez is also showing us that an angel doesn’t have to be beautiful and look perfect as humans portray angels to be. They can come in many different kinds as humans do. As time passes and the boy is able to walk he plays with the angel. Marquez describes the angels personality towards the boy as “no less standoffish with him than with the other mortals, but he tolerated the most ingenious infamies with the patience of a dog who had no illusions” (Marquez 360).This shows us that the angel has patience for everyone. I feel if this creature was not an angel he wouldn’t have patience. There would be more clues from his inner personality that would show us that he could be more evil than good. When the boy is healed the angel starts to improve. Marquez now shares “at the beginning of December some large, stiff feathers began to grow on his wings, the feathers of a scarecrow, which looked more like another misfortune of decrepitude. But he must have known the

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