A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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Who is the narrator of the story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"?

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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a short story that falls into the category of magical realism. It is told through a third-person omniscient point of view. This means that there is not a character that narrates the story. Instead, the narrator knows the thoughts and feelings of all the characters and is able to share them with the audience.

This gives each character more depth and meaning, so it works well for character development. The audience is able to know things about characters that other characters do not know. In magical realism, this point of view gives the audience an opportunity to determine what is real and what is not based on a fuller understanding on the characters instead of what the characters know about each other.

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The third-person omniscient point of view—or God's eye perspective, if you will—is particularly appropriate to the story, as it makes it much harder for the reader to figure out whether the old man really is an angel...

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