English 201 , Professor Isaac
Short Response Paper
The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World
In "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez there is an evident distinction of fantasy. With the whole story being centered on this strange man that appears almost magically and grabs the attention of every single person in the town. The beauty of this man is what shocked them so much. In a way you can say that the people in this town are shallow. They were transformed by this mans beauty without him having to say a word or even open his eyes , given that he was dead. Even though it does not happen often, when a man washes up on the shore it is not like something out of this world. For the people in this town it was.The physicality of the drowned man is what captivated the towns people so much. They did not have to clean up his face to know that the man was a stranger. Their community is made up of a small population with only 20 wooden houses. The women become completely mesmerized and take to nursing the man without hisitation. "Fascinated by his huge size and his beauty, the women then decide to make him some pants from a large piece of sail and a shirt from a bridal brabant linen so that he could continue through his death with dignity" (Marquez, 290). Making him clothing and washing his body and even giving him a name. They decide to call him Esteban. This is where you begin to notice the shallowness of theses people. This man is dead. All of this work will not make a difference. Do you think they would have done the same if "Esteban" was not attractive? The men of the town acted like any other in this situation. They took the most reasonable of action, unlike the women, the men went village to village trying to figure out where this man had come from, When no village was able to own up to the missing stranger they had to go back and tell the women. Becoming very annoyed when they saw how their women were taking such care of this man...
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