Literary Analysis – A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez in & # 39; A very old man with huge wings & # 39; weaves the natural with the supernatural in an unexpected but stimulating way. It leaves the reader with the question: "What would I do if I were faced with something supernatural just before my door?" By blending the most mundane and ugly parts of life – from rainy days to selfish crowds – with the miraculous, Marquez effectively uses a creative tone and a unique style to create a story that carries elements of everyday life. And yet it replaces. His story invites the reader to take a closer look at the daily events and to determine someone's reaction to the normal and not-quite normal events that have the power to change a life.

The tone of the story takes place in the beginning, with the most natural and unwelcome incidents: a sick child in the midst of bad weather. In the first few sentences, the writing style of Marquez immediately captures the imagination, while he writes: "The world has been sad since Tuesday & # 39 ;, and describes the boring and bad weather in detail. In the first section he brings magical elements with him by introducing the surreal character of an old man with enormous wings. Marquez immediately shatters every mindset that the reader has about powerful and holy angels by placing him face down in the mud and not freeing himself, "obstructed by his enormous wings."

With a touch of irony, those objects that ought to have allowed this man to fly above the elements of the earth – his wings – hindered him and brought him unwanted attention. Irony is part of the tone that has been woven through the whole story. It is seen in the "wise old woman" who determined that the old man with wings was an angel … and then proposed slaying him. It is noted in the wording that Marquez chose when he stated that the husband and wife felt "generous" when they chose to drive the angel on a raft with enough food to keep him for a few days "and let him to his fate on the high seas. "

In parts of the story the tone of the author seems to convey a feeling of regret that humanity as a whole often does not appreciate the" magic "that is part of life . Instead of appreciating an experience and living fully in the moment, so many ask: "What does it mean to me?" When the husband and wife, Pelayo and Elisenda, decide to exploit the angel by having the spectators pay to see him, this feeling of selfishness and greed is clear. Again, the reader has the opportunity to imagine what his choice would be if he were faced with a similar situation. Of course, on a sad and stormy day, no angel will fall from the sky, but how do you use the opportunities offered in the daily routine? Gabriel Garcia Marquez invites the reader to ask questions like this, not by a sermon but in the form of a story.

With the help of magical realism, Marquez also takes those natural tendencies of humankind and weaves it with supernatural elements, creating scenes that the reader wonders if the magic might be behind the page. s can spread in the world. For example, the angel is so real that the local priest, Fr. Gonzaga, remarks that he & # 39; much too human & # 39; is. He smells. Everything about him is the opposite of everything one might think of as angels and saints. But on closer inspection, parts of the angel's character can be taken care of in the pages. His infinite patience becomes clear when he endures ill-treatment – being locked up with chickens, being pushed around, poked and poked. He does not fight back. He waits … almost as if he knows it's only for a while. This is, if there is nothing else, a sign of the supernatural origin of the angel – his influence in the midst of the trauma. Perhaps, despite human and unappetizing circumstances, the reader can also manifest those same characteristics of patience and endurance. The tone of the story invites you to think, yes, it is possible.

Finally, towards the end of the story, the patience of the angel is rewarded. With the dawn of spring he starts sprouting new feathers in his wings. The setting of the story corresponds to the action. The long and gloomy winter is over and new life starts everywhere and inside. Like the rest of the angel, these new feathers are not impressive, "the feathers of a scarecrow, which seem more like a misfortune". But that's enough. He looks at the sky, feels the breeze, and starts to fly slowly, but rises higher and eventually disappears over the ocean, past nothingness.

Elisenda watches from the kitchen and "she kept looking until it was no longer possible for her to see him, because then he was no longer an annoyance in her life, but an imaginary point on the horizon of the sea." The curious juxtaposition of her emotions against the clearly supernatural conditions creates a unique effect. Elisenda watches an angel fly – the same angel who gave her and her husband enough money to build a two-story mansion – and she feels nothing but relief that he is gone. At the end, just like in the beginning, a normal person is confronted with a supernatural event and he does not see it for the amazing event that it is. Elisenda will probably return to work, never to appreciate the wonder that her life has come in unexpectedly and just as abruptly has left.

With the tone that the author puts in the end, the reader is asked to ask: "How often do I not look up, see a glimpse of something that is commonplace, and look away? How often are I confronted with something really astonishing and I do not see it for what it is, because I think about the question: "What does it yield to me?"

With his use of magical realism opens Gabriel Garcia Marquez the door to an interesting dialogue and invites the reader to enter not only a place of imagination and mystery, but also to look at his own thoughts and actions and to see how they measure against the elements – normal and supernatural – of everyday life.

Source by Bonita Jewel

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