A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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What would be a good topic to use for a literary analysis of A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings? What would be some possible arguments for this analysis?

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One of many topics that can be extrapolated for analysis in the story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is the treatment of the elderly. You could theorize that the way the "very old man" was treated by the society of the village may be a reflection of the overall tendency of modern society to abandon and mistreat our elderly. 

Think about the concept of an "angel". Angels are often considered to be child-like and youthful, which is representative of their relative innocence. The "angel" in "A Very Old Man" is nothing of the like: He smells bad, is gritty, cruddy,odd, wild-looking, and his age holds none of the dignity and sophistication that grace the elderly. He is made to live outside in a dirty chicken coop where he is treated like an animal. 

How much of this trend is also evident in real life? That is the question that could drive your argument forward. While the story does not have any other instance of mistreatment of the elderly, the particular treatment of the angel, and the depiction of him as a "very old man", makes us wonder to what point this story is more of a social commentary than a mere magical realism story to entertain. 

He had to go very close to see that it was an old man, a very old man, lying face down in the mud, who, in spite of his tremendous efforts, couldn't get up, impeded by his enormous wings.

Therefore, what would have been different in this story if the angel were a cupid-like baby? What if it had been a child? Would people be concerned about mistreating an old, scraggy man the way they would have been concerned about mistreating a young kid? What are the double standards of society regarding age?  Those are the essential questions to validate your argument. 

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When we look at Marquez's A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings we see the reaction a society has to a mysterious and unknown creature; to an outsider, to someone they do not understand. The entire story is Marquez's own critique on the harsh realities of society, how society treats things foreign, different, and misunderstood as freak shows until society easily grows bored and moves on to another victim. The winged man confuses the townspeople not only because he has giant wings on his back, but also because his appearance is in contrast with what they all believed an angel would look like. This man smells, he's dirty, and he cannot talk the way they can. He is different. So what do they do? Well they certainly don't try to talk with him or set him...

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