A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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As author, Neil Gailman once said, “Set your fantasies in the here and now and then, if challenged, claim to be writing magical realism.” Magical realism, being one of the more intricate forms of literature genres, is primarily unheard of. The public often likes to confuse it with more popularized classifications, such as fantasy and sci-fi. However, this is entirely false. Magical realism retains numerous, distinguishing, necessary elements, which includes: a mix of the mundane and magical, influence of oral tradition, and even the presence of cultural realities that contain unexplainable events.
A vital component discovered in magical realism includes mundane fusion of magic and the ordinary. In the short story, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Catholic people of the village mistreat the angel, even “tossing things to eat through the wire,” constrained in a chicken coop, with treatment comparable to “a circus animal.” Despite the fact that these Catholic people have legitimately encountered physical evidence of their faith through an angel, they confine its divine essence into a zoo exhibit instead of catering praise and worship. In the short story, “The Handsomest Drowned Man In the World: A Tale for Children,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the villagers discover an unimaginable, colossal corpse. Regardless of its deprivation of life, the women of the village
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