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Why The Handsomest Drowned Man

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“The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” written by Gabriel García Márquez was a short story he wrote about a man, later named Esteban, that was washed up onto the shore of a small Colombian village that was void of all imagination and beauty. The women took in this drowned man and cleaned him up. The women realized he was massive and the most beautiful thing they ever saw, but the men saw him as a piece of meat. When the men saw the face of Esteban they had a change of mind. The drowned man made the whole village realize beauty is an amazing thing and they throw the most beautiful funeral for him. Márquez has the appearance of the drowned man change the village because he wants to show how a small thing can have…show more content…
Esteban put the little village on the water somewhere in Colombia on the map. “The passengers on great liners would awaken.” The people on the ships would wake up from their sleep or look up from what they were doing just to look at the village that Esteban was once at and what his godliness occupied. The village was also so important, now that Esteban was there, that the captains of the ship would come out to see the village. “The captain would have to come down from the bridge in his dress uniform.” When a captain comes down from the bridge of the ship to show of something it is a sign of importance, and he is in his dress uniform which shows how much of an honor it is to pass the village that the beautiful Esteban was once apart of. The last way that shows how Esteban made the village beautiful is what the captain says about it. He says, “Look there, where the wind is so peaceful now that it’s gone to sleep beneath the beds, over there, where the sun’s so bright that the sunflowers don’t know which way to turn.” The village is finally the most beautiful place with peaceful winds and an unimaginable amount of sun light and all because of the immense godliness of Esteban’s
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