fiction essay

Topics: Fiction, Character, Novel Pages: 3 (954 words) Published: November 7, 2013

Fictional writing is any type of writing that is not factual. Fictional writing most often takes the form of a story meant to convey an authors point in view or simply to entertain. The outcome of this may be a short story, novel, or drama. Fiction has different types of characteristics that make up the fictional writing, like character, plot, and setting. These characteristics are what make the imagery of fictional writing so astonishing and magical.

Character is a figure in the story that can play a major or minor role. Characterization, the method by which the author shows who a character is, reveals him or her either by static or flat, or dynamic or round. In the short story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” the author Garcia Marquez has a character that would be considered a round character because the author puts detail and thought into this character and really shows a lot about the old man with wings describing how he acts and how he was to the town. Garcia Marquez does a prodigious job of introducing and making the reader know and feel the character. The main character in the story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” is an old man that has a human body with rugged old wings. He appears to be neither fully human nor fully surreal. The old man seems human enough as he is surrounded by filth, disease, and sickness. He has a human reaction to the people who crowd around him and seek healing, remaining indifferent to their pleas and sometimes not even acknowledging their existence “his only supernatural virtue seemed to be patience. Especially during the first days, when the hens pecked at him and the cripples pulled out feathers and the most merciful threw stones at him trying to get him to rise so they could see him standing.” (pg.272) When the doctor examines him, he is amazed that such an unhealthy man is still alive and is equally struck by how natural the old man’s wings seem to be. In the end, the old man’s wings recover and grow back...
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