A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Questions and Answers
by Gabriel García Márquez

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What symbols and symbolism do you find in "A very old man with enormous wings"? What do they mean?

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The decrepit angel is symbolic of Pelayo's and Elisenda's lack of faith. The angel is crippled, lice-ridden, and filthy. He *could* have been the miracle they hoped for if they had taken proper care of him, and proper care of their faith.

Instead, they got exactly what they deserved. A miracle appears and not only do they not appreciate or recognize it, they actively disdain and exploit it.

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