Human's Selfishness vs. Sympathy in The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Márquez

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“The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” by Gabriel Márquez, is related to the classical theme of human’s selfishness verses sympathy. However, Márquez uses narrative elements such as plot, setting, and different characters, to provide much more in-depth sources of evidence to support his theme.
In “The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” Márquez uses an Old Man who is supposed to be an angel to display human’s tendencies to show both brutality and/or grace depending on the situation. The bizarre, tattered looking man with wings is found in a town to see a little boy who is sick. After the boy’s health improves the parents of the boy, Pelayo and Elisenda, decide to let the Old Man reside in their chicken coop outside their home because they
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“The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” by Gabriel Márquez, is related to the classical theme of human’s selfishness verses sympathy. However, Márquez uses narrative elements such as plot, setting, and different characters, to provide much more in-depth sources of evidence to support his theme.
In “The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” Márquez uses an Old Man who is supposed to be an angel to display human’s tendencies to show both brutality and/or grace depending on the situation. The bizarre, tattered looking man with wings is found in a town to see a little boy who is sick. After the boy’s health improves the parents of the boy, Pelayo and Elisenda, decide to let the Old Man reside in their chicken coop outside their home because they are unsure of what to do with him. Shortly, villagers hear about this Old Man with wings who can perform miracles and he becomes a great attraction. The more that visitors come to gawk and receive miracles from the Old Man; Elisneda decides to charge a fee to see him. The Old Man is inactive and inattentive towards the crowd and is soon overshadowed by the new attractions that visit the town. Still, Elisneda and Pelayo have acquired so much money from the Old Man attraction that they are able to build a bigger house and the Old Man moves to the shed. The Old Man frequently goes inside the house and annoys Elisends with his presence. Soon when the family thinks that the Old Man is going to die, his new feathers flourish and he leaves the