A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings Essay Questions

  1. 1

    Discuss the role of the supernatural in Marquez's story

  2. 2

    Do you think the village people are kind?

  3. 3

    Does ritual and superstition play a role in the story? Discuss.

  4. 4

    How does Marquez explore dualities in his story?

  5. 5

    How does Marquez comment on the importance of interpretation both in human life and in the art of literature?

  6. 6

    What affect does the combination of magical and ordinary details have on the reader?

  7. 7

    Explore the differing uses of imagery in Marquez's story

  8. 8

    Discuss how Marquez achieves a constant level of uncertainty in his story.

  9. 9

    Compare and contrast the differing portrayal of the Spider-Girl and the Angel. Is there a wider purpose behind this contrast? How can the two be read as representing different approaches to literature?

  10. 10

    How does the story comment upon humanity? Who is human in this story and who isn't? What qualifies someone as human?