With Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pelayo found an old man with wings that crashed in his yard. They thought he was an angel. Word spread through the town and everyone was interested, even paying money to see him, until they found better things to do. Winter passed, and despite his bad health, the old man flew off. 3. I chose this story because when I was researching it, it said online that it had magic realism. I wanted to understand that element of writing better so I decided on this story.
The title was also intriguing similarly to ‘The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World.’ 4. The theme for ‘A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings’ is transformed hero.
But the plot of the hero’s transformation is the opposite of Esteban. In the beginning, the town thought the old man was an angel but soon they realized that he is simply an old man with peculiar anatomy. When the old man first landed in the town the people wanted to give him a title and some power.
‘The simplest among them thought that he should be named mayor of the world. Others of sterner mind felt that he should be promoted to the rank of five-star General in order to win all wars. Some visionaries hoped that he could be put to stud in order to implant the Earth a race of winged wise men who could take charge of the universe.
The town was honoring this un known winged man and giving him the powers of a hero.
Soon though, more interesting things happened in the town and the people stopped paying to visit him, disregarding the hero they thought he was. ‘A spectacle like that, full of human truth and with such a fearful lesson, was bound to defeat without even trying that of a haughty angel who scarcely deigned to look at mortals…Those consolation miracles, which were more like mocking fun, had already ruined the angel’s reputation when the woman who had been changed into a spider finally crushed him completely.’ At the beginning of the story, the old man was an angel who deserved honor and titles but when something better came along, he was demoted to a ‘haughty angel’ that no one cared about.
Finally, when the old man flew off, unlike the drowned man, he didn’t get any honor or sadness from his departure. ‘She kept watching him even when she was through cutting the onions and she kept on watching until it was no longer possible for her to see him, because then he was no longer an annoyance in her life but an imaginary dot on the horizon of the sea.’ Again, the old man was honored in the beginning but by the end of the story, he was an ‘annoyance.’ The plot of the old man with wings and the character’s change in attitude toward him show that the theme of the story is transformed hero.