A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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How can the angel in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" and the Misfit in "A Good Man is Hard to Find" be compared and contrasted?

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Marquez's fictional landscape is truly one that defies traditional modes, but then O'Connor transforms her narrative in a rather startingly manner, as well. Contributing to the tone and themes of their two stories are the characters, the "angel" and the Misfit, both of whom are inadvertent messengers from God, although the Misfit is certainly an unwitting one.

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  • Although the angel is "disappointingly ordinary and human," he differs greatly in appearance from a man such as the Misfit, who is a more typical man with spectacles and "a long creased face."
  • They both make the supernatural seem ordinary, but in different ways. With the old man with enormous wings, it is the reactions of the people to him that create the ordinariness of his spirituality as they do not have it within them to accept spiritual enlightenment. Because he is a "winged humanoid" the people at first elevate him to an spiritual level of an angel; however, their reactions to him reduce the people to their...

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