A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings by Garca Mrquez
For the readers, it presents a situation similar to that of playing a cat and mouse game. They do not know what to expect at what time and the more the plot advances, the more the author’s intentions become apparent. The iconic Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez is widely regarded among the most prolific exponents of magic realism. García Márquez’s works abound with the use of this literary device. Be it his magnum opus One Hundred Years of Solitude or the short novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Márquez’s literary works interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary with effortless ease, rendering a sense of the perpetual to the otherwise mortal frames of existence. This paper is going to respond to a set of questions related to García Márquez’s famous short story A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, which was written in 1968. This short story, along with many others, captures the essence of the author’s exploration of magic realism as it seeps through the very many intertextual references to events of inexplicable dimension, the possibility of which is only to be imagined but not to be considered on rational grounds. The thesis question in relation to the analogies drawn out from the reading centers on the author’s attempt to make a departure from the providential interventions commonly embedded in magic realism. Thus, the paper will argue about the void experienced on a human-divine interface.The beginning of the story arouses an expectation of something divine to happen. The sick child, the rain and the crabs create an atmosphere of suffering, which the reader expects to get resolved by the appearance of the winged man. However, the juxtaposition of human and angelic qualities creates a unique effect: the reader is not sure whether the strange creature will be successful in its supposedly divine mission.