A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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What is the symbolic significance of the old man and  his enormous wings? Why is the appropriate that the story contains almost no dialogue? How does the blend of realistic and fantastic elements...

What is the symbolic significance of the old man and  his enormous wings? Why is the appropriate that the story contains almost no dialogue? How does the blend of realistic and fantastic elements affect the story?

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An author can blend realistic elements with fantasy elements in order to make a commentary on society, people, politics, etc. without being blatantly obvious. For example, an author could be making a point about racism by having Earthlings hate the intelligent species from another planet. In this story, the same kind of thing is being done. The old man is being taken advantage of because of who and what he is. He's being farmed out for profit because he's different. There are various themes that are being explored about the elderly, greed, materialism, and foreignness. Young readers or non-critical readers might think the...

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