A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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Do any of the characters treat the very old man with the reverence due to a human or an angel? What kind of interest do people show him in "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings"?

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In the short story "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a filthy old man with huge damaged wings is swept into a family's yard by a violent rainstorm. Although a neighbor woman claims that the old man is an angel, the father of the family imprisons him in the chicken coop in the yard. After their child recovers from an illness, the parents consider releasing the old man and helping him on his way, but then they realize that the people of the village are fascinated by him. From then on, they treat him like a circus attraction and charge admission for people to look at him.

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