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In "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World," how does the drowned man transform the people and their village ?

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In Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story, "The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World," we see the people of the village expand themselves (mentally and physically) in order to take in the enormity of the drowned man—his physical self and their idea of him.

One way to interpret this story is through the lens of storytelling itself. The drowned man is, after all, only a dead body. The entirety of his identity—as Esteban, who is beautiful, strong, hard-working, humble, obliging, and sincere—is all constructed by the people of the village as a story (or rather, a series of evolving stories). As the women clean and dress the drowned man's body, they imagine the person he might have been if he had lived in their village—this is notable because it has no chance of being true. It is pure story. They imagine the amazing things he would've been capable of, his huge house and his happy wife. During their fantasies, they compare this story of Esteban to the men of the village:

They secretly...

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