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Realistic and Magical Elements of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

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Realistic and Magical Elements of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

"A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is a renowned short story written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It was published in 1955. Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born and spent his childhood in Colombia but has lived in Paris and Mexico. As for the work that made him famous, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" is considered by most an archetype of Magical Realism.

When reading "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings," one comes across many elements of Magical Realism. A good specimen of Magical Realism is the old man with wings. An old man is normal and earthly. However, when wings are applied, what was once mundane becomes stereotype of Magical Realism. What is most
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There is no purpose to the Magical Realism elements illustrated in "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings". Let us keep in mind that in these Magical Realist works the author does not need to justify the mystery of the events, as the fantastic writer has to (Leal 119-124). The events happening within Gabriel Garcia Marquez's work flow unrestrained over the pages. The past events do not dictate the future events. There is no avalanche effect in Marquez's short novel. Nothing depends or is decided on one single event. Motions are carried out with out control or authority.

The characters involved in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" treat the old man as an animal or pest. Not aware of the possibility of a human having wings, they simply put the old man in a chicken pen because he is a freak and an annoyance. The mere fact that the old man has wings would send most people to their cellars because of a fear that the end of the world is near. As for the
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