A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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What is a good thesis statement for the short story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez?

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A most unusual story, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is classified as Magical Realism.  This term of two words is indicative of the central idea of Marquez's story.  For, it is a parody of the act of interpretative process as it treats two facets of this process:  logical explanation and invention/imagination.

To develop this thesis, here are some main points to consider in the search for supporting details:

  • When the old man arrives, Pelayo attempts a logical interpretation, declaring that he is a castaway because he speaks with a "sailor's voice."  However, there is no real logical basis for Pelayo's reason, and it is rejected.  The next interpretation of the old man's appearance is made by a neighbor woman believed to know "everything about life and death."  Her humorously prophetic...

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