What is the moral of "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"? How is the message applicable to the reader?

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I don't believe there is one moral to the story. If there is one, it could be that expectations are never going to be met, and the world is an ambiguous place.

The story defies the expectations of the reader, just as the man with the wings defies the expectations of society. The message may simply be that the world is a strange place, difficult to know, so don't think you know what's going on. This is applicable to the reader because the same is true of the story.

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