A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and “the Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, an author with an interesting imagination, wrote both “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” and “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World.” Both of these stories use magical realism to develop their themes. Magical realism is defined as a story containing magical events and exaggerations of characters in a realistic, down-to-earth environment. Both of Marquez’ stories have strong characteristics of magical realism. He uses this to develop his stories into intriguing pieces of literature.
“A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” contains many elements of magic. These elements include magical and bizarre events and also include some unusual humor. Being visited by many different people from around the world, the angel
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A person’s desire to make money shows in this story with the true-to-life setting. Pelayo and Elisenda charge people to look at the angel just like a typical person would do throughout the world.
“The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” contained some thought-provoking exaggeration and magical and bizarre events. The drowned man was so enormous that the kids originally thought he was a ship. The man was so large he could not fit onto any bed or wear any normal clothes. His beauty seemed very exaggerated as the women of the village seemed to literally fall in love with the dead, drowned man. Even the men of the village were shocked at his face. A very bizarre event occurred when the dead man was originally found. The kids who found the man played with him on the beach. They thought nothing of the man as being actually dead and they simply played games. The final bizarre event arose when they were trying to name the drowned man. Names ran through the minds of the women but when the name Esteban was presented, they immediately agreed, even though this name is of no significance.
As one reads this story, the same realistic elements that were in “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” come about. The first was the true-to-life setting that the story contained. The events occurred on a small, twenty-house village next to an ocean. This is a simple, very realistic setting for any type of story. The “very still day” that was occurring when Esteban was being cleansed

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