A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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(Short Stories for Students)

Look into other forms of "fantastic" literature, such as fairy tales, science fiction, mythology, superhero comics, or folk legends. Choose specific works of at least two different types and compare their styles and techniques to those of ''magic realism'' as represented by this story.

Compare the manner in which García Márquez treats the traditional idea of angels in ''A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings’’ with the way angels are represented or interpreted elsewhere, in some other work or media. Potential sources include feature films, television shows, religious or inspirational literature, and advertising.

Be an amateur ‘‘magic realist,’’ loosely following the formula García...

(The entire section is 225 words.)