What is the human condition found in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel García Márquez?
Perhaps the first is seen when Pelayo first sees the man and shows his wife. After a short time, he doesn't seem so strange:
They looked at him so long and so closely that Pelayo and Elisenda very soon overcame their surprise and in the end found him familiar.
This happens when strangers meet—first with caution, but soon a sense of commonality. Another aspect of the human condition is perception. A neighbor is called in; she immediately announces:
He's an angel...
But the woman sees the "angel" as a "fugitive survivor...of a celestial conspiracy," believing he should be beaten to death, but Pelayo and Elisenda (his wife) refuse. Like people in general, the woman responds spontaneously—failing to collect facts and acting superstitiously—ignorant of the possible truth.
Typical of humans, other people arrive with ideas to make the man useful to them: make him...
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