A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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What is satire, and how is it used in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"?

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In the short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, an old man with wings like a buzzard's is swept into the courtyard of the home of some villagers by a powerful rainstorm. Although a neighbor concludes that the man must be an angel, the householders, unable to communicate with him, lock him up in their chicken coop. The local priest comes to inspect the old man, but he is suspicious due to the stranger's terrible smell, parasites, and the fact that he cannot speak Latin, which the priest considers the language of God.

The householders decide to charge admission...

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satire is the act fo making fun of something or someone! - In this story the author is making a satire out of the church! the priest represent the church and yet when he confronts the angel he did couldnt provide any answers and instead he tried talking to him in latin by saying thats the language of god and that he would know at least how to greet his misisters!!!! Pretty funny because he is the one who suppose to have faith right?> and yet because the 'angel' did not look exactly what he expected him ( clean, beautiful) he refused to believe.! its like  the church is being cynical/ hypocrite!

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