A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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What archetypes can be found in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"? Jorge Garcia Marquez's "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"

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With archetype meaning the original pattern or model after which a thing is made, the story itself is an archetype of a fairy tale with the role of the supernatural mixing with the mundane.  However, while Marquez's "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is in the style of a folk or fairy tale, it does not provide a moral lesson.  Instead, it blurs the line between the significant and the trivial as the townspeople misinterpret and then become weary of the old man with wings.

There is also a blurring of the role of the old man with enormous wings, whose appearance hardly affects Pelayo who perceives little difference between the "angel" and the crabs in his...

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