A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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What is the significance, if any, of the number three and things happening in three's in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings"?

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The number three has been used throughout history to represent many different things. As for how one justifies the use of the number three, the reader's knowledge weighs heavily upon the outcome of its assumed significance in a  story.

Some common representations of the number three in history and literature: the triad or trinity (as seen in...

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