A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel García Márquez

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As long as people are healthy and possess everything they need, they will not care about those who live suffering. In “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, a man, named Pelayo, discovers old man washes up on a beach and a man, named Pelayo, discovers him and then realizes that the old and filthy man is an angel. Pelayo drags the angel to his chicken coop and locks him in for people to pay to witness him. Eventually, the angel grows back his feathers and flies away, relieving the family. In “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Marquez portrays society’s need to be less selfish, not judge or assume immediately, and not discriminate based on differences. Marquez employs situational irony to characterize society in order to present the need for society to be less selfish and more helpful to others. After the angel cures Pelayo and Elisenda’s child, “they felt magnanimous and decided to put the angel on a raft with fresh water and provisions for three days and leave him to his fate on the high seas” (Marquez 1). Marquez utilizes situational irony by doing what one does not expect to happen to one who saves a family’s child. Humanity is proven self centered when the villagers chastise the man by leaving him stranded in the ocean on a raft after his benevolent acts. Marquez presents the angels situation, when he is trapped in the chicken coop and crowds come to see him, by stating that “the cripples pulled out feathers to touch their defective part with,
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