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In "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" by Gabriel Marquez, how does this story use magical realism? Also, explain how the village's treatment of the handsomest drowned man compares to the village's treatment of the old man in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings."

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In the short story "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" by Gabriel García Márquez, children discover the body of a large drowned man on the beach. When the adult villagers become aware of him, they carry him up into the village. They try to find out who he is and whether he is related to someone in their village or another nearby village. The women clean him up and, after discovering that he is so big that nobody's clothes fit him, sew pants and a shirt for him. Everyone notices how handsome and strong-looking he is, which endears him to them and causes them to want to give him a proper funeral. They even make up a name for him, Esteban, and invent relatives for him so that he will be considered a part of the village. After all these preparations, they bury him by casting him off the cliff into the sea, which is their custom.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, magic realism is "characterized by the matter-of-fact inclusion of fantastic or mythical elements into seemingly...

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