A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

Start Your Free Trial

What are examples of simile in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings?"

Expert Answers info

Jonathan Beutlich eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2014

write5,739 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Science, and History

The first paragraph of the story contains a great simile that is being used to describe the sands of a beach. We are told that on March nights, the sands "glimmered like powdered light."

The second paragraph of the story contains another simile. Pelayo and Elisenda are at the back of their house looking at the old man with enormous wings, and we are told that the old man is "dressed like a ragpicker." It's not a very flattering simile, but it does help create the right image about the old man.

In the fifth paragraph, Father Gonzaga looks at the old man, and the old man appears to look "like a huge decrepit hen." Once again, the simile does a nice job of helping readers visualize the awful condition of the old man.

Later in the story, readers are...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 411 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

belarafon eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2011

write2,867 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Science, and History




check Approved by eNotes Editorial