In the story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”

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In the story "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the main thing that needs to be changed is the treatment of the Angel. Here is a pitiful old man who "was dressed like a ragpicher… [who had] only a few faded hairs left on his bald skull and very few teeth in his mouth," (361). Normally, one would respond with a sense of amazement or sympathy, but not the people in this town. Instead of treating him with respect, Pelayo and Elisenda lock him up with the chickens as though he is no better then live stock. What amazes me the most is the old lady next door. She had actually wanted to kill the poor thing because that is what she thought they were suppose to do. My word, there is more then just one thing wrong that needs to be changed in this story, but we are going to start with how the townspeople treat the celestial being.

Take a second to picture this if you will: an old man who is skinny with wings, which look like they are about to fall off. The first time you see this old man, he is laying face down in the mud. Now, what emotions do you feel towards him? If you say sympathy, then you are nothing like the people in this story and I congratulate you. If only they could feel like you do. What these heartless people need to do is 1) grow a heart, 2) treat the Angel with respect and 3) not treat him like some sort of circus freak.

Another thing, which I do not understand, is how a group of people who believe that they are very religious and know about God could act so stupid. When the other townspeople come to see the Angel, they all have their different opinions on what to do with him. "Others of sterner mind felt that he should be promoted to the rank of five star general in order to win all wars. Some visionaries hoped that he could be put to stud in order to implant on earth a race of winged wise men," (Marquez 362). Here is a creature of God which had been seen as a missionary of peace and good will in the eyes of man and yet...
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