PART I – Summary of Short Story
"The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez opens with a group of children playing on the beach of a small fishing village. In the waves, a shadowy, mysterious bulge approaches on the shore. It turns out to be a drowned man, covered in seaweed, stones, and dead Sea creatures. The men head to neighboring villages to see if the dead man belongs to one of them. Then, the women clean off the body and prepare him for his funeral. PART II – Thesis About a Thematic Idea or Subject From the Text The short story explores the ways in which human beings overcome personal isolation through their unified community. In this story, common beliefs in the peculiar bring together the members of a small fishing village. The men, women, and children of this community are strengthened by their common desire for self-improvement. Together, they imagine a better future for themselves, a future in which they are as extraordinary as the myths in which they all believe. PART III – Textual Support/Embedded Quote That Provides Context, Uses the Text, and Explains the Text
“The women stayed behind to care for the drowned man “ (Marquez 127).
“’They thought that if that magnificent man had lived in the village…’he could have drawn fish out of the sea simply by calling their names’”(Marquez 128).
“’They secretly compared him to their own men…’they ended up dismissing them deep in their hearts as the weakest, meanest, and most useless creatures on earth’”(Marquez 128).