A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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In the ending of the story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it says that the angel is an imaginary dot on the horizon of the sea. So does that mean that the angel is...

In the ending of the story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it says that the angel is an imaginary dot on the horizon of the sea. So does that mean that the angel is actually imaginary?

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The nature of the angel in the story is ambiguous. By referring to the angel as "an imaginary dot," the author could be suggesting that the angel was a figment of the imagination. However, the author could also mean that Elisenda keeps watching the angel flapping away until she can no longer see him, not even the faintest trace of him, but she imagines that she does.

The story is written in the style of magical realism . This literary style combines realistic and surreal elements. The angel is presented in a kind of matter-of-fact, even mundane way in the course of the story. In fact, he has ragged wings that are missing half of their feathers, and he seems far from being an angel of myth....

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