A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Gabriel Marquez tells the story of a blessing in disguise send to help a small, struggling family through their hardest time yet. The story follows a mysterious man who appears in their yard through an odd journey, resulting in the good fortune of Pelayo’s family. The ‘angel’ becomes an unsung hero, underestimated and abused by those had the opportunity to meet him. Even though he does not appear as what normally would be expected from a conventional angel, he is just as effective in changing their lives. Through the uncaring judgements and scrutinizing audiences the ‘angel’ remains a mystery through the end of the story, adding to the intrigue of his character. In Marquez’s, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” the ‘angel’ symbolizes the irony in religion, critiquing man’s common mistake in overlooking everyday miracles.
Upon the ‘angel’s’ arrival, the family focuses all their attention on where he came from, rather than the literal miracle that a man with wings has fallen into their yard showing how man’s attention has always been focused on the wrong points. When they found the ‘angel,’ they were both so caught up in his unsightly appearance, “that was how they skipped over the inconvenience of the wings and quite intelligently concluded that he was a lonely castaway from some foreign ship wrecked by the storm.” (446). Rather than focusing on why or how the man had wings, they immediately jumped to conclusions because anything is better than not knowing. Their neighbor is the first person to suggest he is an angel, which triggered more good fortune for Pelayo’s family. Not only was his newborn child cured, they now had swarms of people paying to see their ‘angel.’
After calling the father to have the ‘angel’ confirmed, the man rejects the possibility of him being form God because of his appearance, highlighting the hypocrisy of christianity. The father, “noticed that seen up close he was much too human: he had an...
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