At a Glance

  • Márquez uses the sudden appearance of the man with enormous wings to develop the theme of the supernatural. Everybody in the village has a different opinion of him. Some believe he's an angel, some think he's a member of a new super race, and the local priest even writes to the Pope to inform him of the man's appearance.

  • If there is a moral to the story, it's that the world is an ambiguous and sometimes unfair place. Many people in the village think the winged man is an angel, but Pelayo and his wife treat him like a sideshow attraction, profiting off what could be a deformity. This is morally dubious at best.


(Short Stories for Students)

Doubt and Ambiguity
One of this story's difficult aspects is the sense of uncertainty it creates by leaving important facts...

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