Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short story “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” begins with the village children discovering a strong and handsome man’s corpse and ends with the town changing. At the end of the story, the handsomest drowned man’s inspires the villagers’ new vision of future. The villagers begin to make their doors wider, to find springs, to paint their houses bright colors, and to plant flowers. At the end of story, Marquez writes “They did not need to look at one another to realize that they were no longer all present, that they would never be.” Due to the fact that the drowned man is handsome, the villagers notice the barren environment of their village compared to the handsomest drowned man. Therefore, the villagers decide to get rid of the past life and strive to improve their village. There are two ways that the handsomest drowned man inspires the villagers’ new vision of future: his appearance and his mysterious background.
At the begging of the story, Marquez describes the village and, by extension, the villagers. The village has“only twenty-odd wooden houses that had stone courtyards with no flowers and which were spread about on the end of a desert like cape.” This barren environment directly reflects the villagers’ lifestyle. Their lives are without real joy. Due to the fact that the land is so small, villagers must dispose their dead by throwing them off the cliffs. The villagers are a simple group of people. So when all the men fitted into seven