A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” Humans have a temptation to be selfish, to try to step over others to better themselves taking advantage of their weaknesses to reach the top. In the story by Gabriel Garcia Marques “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” this is portray, by showing how cruel and imperfect society can be. In the beginning of the story the weather in Mocondo the town where the story takes place, is used as a symbol of corruption. In Mocondo is always dark and rainy, interpreting how the villagers themselves are also dark and corrupt. An early description of the setting in the story illustrates how in Mocondo it used to be sunny all the time but it “had become a stew of mud and rotten shellfish” (Marques 406-409). Furthermore when Elisenda and Pelayo find the Old man in the back yard, they don’t know what to do so they seek help from their neighbor. The woman neighbor had told them that he was an angel coming for the child and that they should club him to death. This reflects how atrocious society can be. However Elisenda and Pelayo decide not kill him but instead they settled by holding him captive in a chicken coop while it rained all night and the chickens plugged at the already damaged angel wings, Demonstrating once again cruelty and corruption. He wasn’t valuable enough to enter the house, the angel was treated and locked up like a worthless zoo animal. One of the first sings of corruption is the infiltration of the crabs in Elisenda and Pelayos’s
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