What are some of the cultural symbols in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings?"
The major symbol(s) is/are the wings of the possible angel, and have more than one interpretation. Rather than being a beautiful being of light and spirituality, the angel is old and dirty, and his wings are missing feathers and full of parasites. His wings are not those of a holy being but of a working biology; even the doctor, seeing how perfectly the wings fit in with the angel's body, wonders why wings aren't more common. The angel's specific wings are the focus of attention, as a different flying person is ignored:
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