A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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Do you think the character in Marquez's story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" was an angel or just a very old man? Does the distinction matter?

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Garcia Marquez’s story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” has fantasy and reality elements.  Many of the events in the story fall in the realm of reality yet contain supernatural elements. This is what makes the story's genre magical realism. The subject of the story appears to fall somewhere between human and angel. On the other hand, the only logical explanation has to be that this was an angel who came to earth for some unknown reason. 

His treatment is beyond understanding. The theme of the story illustrates the axiom: Man’s inhumanity toward man. When he first comes, his suffering calls out for help from the human beings around him. Nothing is ever done to truly abate his problems.

His only supernatural virtue seemed to be patience.  Especially during the first day, when the hens pecked at him, and the cripples pulled out feathers to touch their defective parts… the most merciful threw stones at him, trying to get him to rise so they could see him standing.  The only...

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