Misconception of Religion

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Ryan Wood
Alicia Alexander
Eng. 131
2, November 2010
Misconception of Religion in “The Gospel According to Mark” and “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.” In the two short stories both authors, Jorge Luis Borges in “The Gospel According to Mark” and Gabriel Garcia Marquez in “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” use religion as examples on how different individuals use and believe in it. As we read the story’s we will see how religion is sometimes misconceived and misinterpreted by people so they can benefit in their own personal lives, and personal well-being. In the stories both characters are seemed to be looked at as maybe something they are not. This will lead us to the misconception and misunderstanding that people have on religion and beliefs. In the short story “The Gospel According to Mark” the main character Baltasar Espinosa is seemed to be looked at like a God by a family that does not know much about religion or the Bible. The Gutres are a small family that seems to be looking for a religious figure they can believe in since they do not understand religious beliefs. In “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” Pelayo and his wife Elisenda find an old man with wings in front of their house. They believe he could be an angel and decide to lock him inside a chicken coup. They believe he could be there for their sick child but at first there not quite sure. As the two stories evolve we will see how both families use Baltasar Espinosa, and the Old Man to gain advantages in their own lives. In Marquez story, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” we see an example of how Elisenda starts using the Old Man to reap personal benefits. The narrator says, “Elisenda, her spine all twisted from sweeping up so much marketplace trash, then got the idea of fencing in the yard and charging five cents admission to see the angel” (354). As we read Borges story, “The Gospel According to Mark” the narrator says, “The next day began like all the others, except that...
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