How does the presentation of the old man demonstrate the blending of fantastical elements with the dismal nature of daily life? ("A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings")
The old man has wings. This fantastic fact alone should be enough to strongly consider that the man is an angel, or some sort of scientific miracle and/or hybrid. Pelayo and Elisenda hear the old man's "sailor's voice" and determine that this is enough to conclude that he is a castaway from a foreign ship. In other words, this angel is just some old sailor who happens to have wings.
The neighbor suggests that he is an angel but being so old, he is knocked down by the rain. Again, we have a fantastic element (a real angel), a spiritual miracle, but he is somehow no match for the dismal, daily...
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