The Man To Send Rain Clouds And The Handsomest Drowned Man

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Short Story Comparative Essay In their stories, both Leslie Marmon Silko and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, utilize many symbols in order to further aid the audience in understanding the stories and the meanings behind them. Both stories contain a deceased man as the center of the story, therefore revealing the various actions that are portrayed towards them through the use of symbolism. In The Man to Send Rain Clouds, Silko focuses on the different rituals that the culture has, unlike in The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World, Esteban is the symbol that Marquez describes. The Man to Send Rain Clouds and The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World are two short stories that encounter symbolism that is revealed throughout the way that different cultures act…show more content…
In The Man to Send Rain Clouds, Silko reveals the use of symbolism through the actions of the characters. Unlike in The Man to Send Rain Clouds, Marquez in The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World, creates the fantasy character, Esteban, as the major symbol of the story. The characters from The Man to Send Rain Clouds respect the old man who was found dead. They put feathers and sprinkle holy water on the old man to show admiration towards him. However, in The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World, the villagers first do not know how to act towards Esteban, therefore, they play around with him. When the rest of the villagers finds out about Esteban, the women take care of him and start fantasising about the way that their lives would have been different if their husbands were like Esteban. This sparks the women's inspiration to change their lives. As revealed throughout these two stories, both authors incorporate cultural aspects into their stories in order to reveal the different ways that the characters have been taught to act towards deceased

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