How does Esteban in "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" enrich the life of the villagers?

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The process of finding the body of Esteban immediately unites the village in a common purpose.  As time passes, though, that unity becomes more significant and long-lasting.  The woman are united in their effort to protect and pay respects to this handsome man with the obliging features.  The men are united first in their attempt to find his identity and then in their attempt to get rid of him.  Finally, all the people are united in their desire to give Esteban a proper funeral.

Not only this, but also having seen a man with such beauty and force laying dead in their midst, the villagers gain a new appreciation for life.  They realize that life is short and that it is beautiful and they set to make the most of it.  They plan to clean up their village, planting and cultivating it - to ''break their backs digging for springs among the stones and planting flowers on the cliffs."

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