In "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings," why are the old man's wings covered with parasites? What do they represent?
As in all questions of representation, interpretation is required here. (There is no single, fixed answer.) However, that said, we can make some pretty solid interpretations. First,...
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Pelayo and Elisenda are pretty parasitic. If everyone who the angel tries to help treats him in this manner, no wonder he is a mess.