A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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What do the "old man" & the "spider-woman" symbolize to show the overall allegorical meaning in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"?

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This story leaves the reader with questions because the author is purposely ambiguous in the symbolism and meaning of the story. The reader is left to decide for herself what she thinks all of this means.  Since this is an allegory , we should be able to take some meaning and lesson from the story, however. To me,  the old man symbolizes man's...

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