A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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How is the overall setting in "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" important to the rest of the story?

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The short story "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a work of magic realism. It tells of a filthy old man with a pair of huge but damaged wings, who appears suddenly in a seaside village in the aftermath of a storm. Although a neighbor claims he is an angel, the family that finds him locks the old man in a chicken coop. The entire village treats him like a circus animal. The priest decides the stranger is not an angel when he cannot understand Latin, which the priest claims is God's language. Later, a carnival arrives featuring a creature with the face of a woman but the body of a spider, and this draws attention away from the old man with wings. Eventually the old man's wings heal, and he flies away.

The setting of this story is crucial. First of all, the village is by the seaside, so that the old man can be mysteriously swept in from the immense vastness of the sea by a storm. Additionally, the village in which he lands is poor, ignorant, and...

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