A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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Summarize the story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” exemplifies the blend of realism and illusion.  Magical realism describes a story that appears true-to-life but has the element of whimsy or fantasy. 

A poor fisherman works in his yard killing crabs after a rainstorm.  He finds a dirty, old man with enormous wings lying in the yard. The old man tries to speak but cannot be understood. 

The family’s child has been sick, and they wonder if he is an angel that has come to get their son.  Told by his neighbor to kill the old man, Pelayo and his wife Elisenda pity the old man and place him in their chicken coop.

The child revives. The doctor examines the man and finds it hard to believe that he is alive.  He views the wings as probably real.  This makes the interest of the people build toward the “angel.”  The old man begins to draw interested crowds of people.  The priest comes and tells everyone that the old man cannot be an angel because he is too dirty and does not speak Latin.

Many people come to receive healing from the “angel.” Word spreads, and there are so many people wanting to see the old man that Pelayo’s wife charges admission to see him.

Ignoring the people, the old man has rocks thrown at him; in addition, the feathers are pulled from his wings. Some burn him with hot irons to see if he is alive which angers the old man.

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