A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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In "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings," how do the various characters interpret the winged man?

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When Pelayo first sees the winged man "moving and groaning in the rear of the courtyard," he has no idea what he is exactly, but he does consider him to be something out of a nightmare. He calls his wife to come and look, and she too is dumbfounded and unable to identify the creature.

Pelayo and Elisenda's "wise neighbor woman" is then invited to take a look at the winged man, and her reaction is to claim that "He's an angel" who must have been coming to take Pelayo and Elisenda's sick child.

The rest of the neighborhood at first treats the winged man like "a circus animal," and accordingly toss him things to eat. They interpret him as not much more than a distracting spectacle that they can enjoy before the next one comes along.

Father Gonzaga is skeptical as to whether the creature is an angel, and seems to interpret the winged man instead as some kind of agent of the devil's. He...

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