What does the villagers' treatment of the angel reveal about them?

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In the short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel García Márquez, a three-day rainstorm sweeps over a coastal village, and in its aftermath, a man named Pelayo realizes that an old man with wings is lying in his family's courtyard. The old man is dirty, balding, and almost toothless, and his wings are damaged. A neighbor immediately identifies him as an angel and says that he must be killed. Instead, Pelayo locks him up in his chicken coop.

The neighbors toss the so-called angel scraps of food as if he were some sort of circus beast. When the priest arrives, he is suspicious of the old man because he stinks, because there...

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