What do the "old man" and the spider-woman symbolize in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"? Compare and contrast those two characters.
While both the Spider Woman and the Old Man with enormous wings are phenomena, the Spider Girl is a phenomenon that the viewers can comprehend because the people are permitted to ask her questions about her "absurd state" and they may examine her as one does at a freak show. This condition is one with which the viewers are familiar. So, they are more willing to...
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The birdman represents a messiah (someone with extreme importance of that religion), or religion itself, and how the croud (humanity) tends to treat religion.
The birdman does absolutely nothing wrong yet he gets caged like a side show freak. The group who caged him up are not greatful for the extreme wealth he brought upon them.
Unfortunately, I don't have much to say about the spider women other than she is probably a fake; she isn't tiny which means she probably has a costume on; she charges money to be viewed which means she probably needs that money to buy more things to eat other than the meatballs people throw into her mouth.