A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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How does Gabriel Garcia Marquez use animals, elements of earth and sky, and irony in his language to make his point about morals? 

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There is a Biblical verse relevant to this story which states,

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels.

Marquez's story has, indeed, timeless themes such as the need to find explanations, the need to simplify, the supernatural, the role of religion, old age, and "The Other." Certainly, in each there is the undertone of morality. The people of the village try to explain the inexplicable in terms with which they are familiar and identify what is of value. When the old man with enormous wings cannot be categorized, the people reject him and devalue him:

...the few miracles attributed to the angel showed a certain mental disorder, like...

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