A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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In "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," how do the villagers treat the old man?

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is a story that defies the traditional forms with magical realism , a literary style which challenges the reader to reassess modes of thought. When the bizarre creature lands in the mud of their yard, Pelayo and Elisenda do not know what to think; however, after they stare at him for a long time, they "overcame their surprise and in the end found him familiar." Nevertheless, they consult with a neighbor "who knew everything about life and death." She declares that the old man is an angel who must have come for the sick child, but the rain knocked him down because he is so old and frail. She advises...

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