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What symbols and symbolism do you find in "A very old man with enormous wings"? What do...

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jmcheer101 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 3, 2007 at 6:25 AM via web

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What symbols and symbolism do you find in "A very old man with enormous wings"? What do they mean?

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 4, 2007 at 9:56 PM (Answer #1)

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The decrepit angel is symbolic of Pelayo's and Elisenda's lack of faith. The angel is crippled, lice-ridden, and filthy. He *could* have been the miracle they hoped for if they had taken proper care of him, and proper care of their faith.

Instead, they got exactly what they deserved. A miracle appears and not only do they not appreciate or recognize it, they actively disdain and exploit it.

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