A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

what are the symbolism, myth, allegory for the story a very old man with enormous wings by g Marquez

wht you think about the myth symbolism an allegory of the above story

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"Very Old Man" is a story about stories, and indeed many critics suspect that the tale is a veiled allegory for Garcia Marquez's own experience with fame - after all, Marquez was world famous following the publication of One Hundred Years of Solitude. These critics see the old man in the story as the artist/writer, and the village response to his arrival as a satirization of the relationship between a creative artist and the public. Indeed, the process of reception and interpretation is a constant focus of the story.


Wings are symbolic of power, speed, and limitless freedom of motion. Angels, a symbol in Christianity, are represented as beautiful winged images. Marquez creates irony by portraying his angel as old and a victim of illness, but still capable of attracting crowd of people no matter his state.

The woman who is a spider portrays the fickleness of the religious community.

The old man is a "living myth."