What elements of humor does A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings contain?

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A short story written by Marquez, 'A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings' is one of the most symbolic examples of magical realism. Introducing mythical characters to the story brings in an element of humor and uncertainty. Most commonly read books of magical realism with imaginary creatures were children's fairy tales and the being of such creatures was never considered as a significant or serious individuals. The story is quite serious and mysterious that such strange appearance of an angel is emphasized and creates a sense of humor by irony. The tale of the girl who turned into a spider as well as the attack of the crabs also contribute to the peculiar element of humor in the story.