A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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What is the moral of "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"? How is the message applicable to the reader?

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The moral of "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is that miracles occur in unlikely ways. Pelayo and his wife do not know what to make of the very old man, but the townspeople treat the man like he is some of kind of supernatural creature capable of carrying out miracles. Though the old man does not grant them exactly what they want, he does seem to be responsible for some miracles, such as a blind man growing three teeth rather than having his vision restored. The priest discounts the rumors that the old man is an angel, as the old man does not know the ancient language of Aramaic.

However, in the end, the old man does perform miracles. Pelayo and his wife earn enough money from showcasing the old man that they can afford to build a new house. This is in itself a miracle. In addition to the townspeople having small miracles such as sprouting new teeth, the old man flaps away at the end of the story, showing that he is some kind of celestial being. Readers realize that though they...

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