The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World and Other Stories Themes

The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World and Other Stories Themes

People and nature

Those, who live in the metropolises might not understand how people depend on nature and ist generosity. The events of the story take place in a tiny fishing village, where the sea is both the main source of food and danger. Such understandable closeness with nature, desolation, solitude and absence of the need to hurry up creates a feeling of melancholia. That is the place where people learn to worship nature as much as they worship their gods.

Old heroes

Time flies and so do people’s ideas of what is right and what is wrong, preferences, idols and even religious beliefs. If we agree with the idea that Esteban is an old Aztec god, we will see how his people, the ones whose ancestors used to worship him, have almost forgotten his name. However, there is something like collective memory, which doesn’t let the villagers to forget about him altogether. That is why he is so dear to those people.


The author describes the villager’s settlement as a rather sad place. There are no gardens, no flowers, but only bare cliffs, a wind and the sea. A strong feeling of sadness is what one might feel while reading such a depressive description. It is impossible not to wonder why they don’t do anything to change it, why they are so indifferent to their lives. The answer is a habit. We, people, can get used to anything, but the longer we live in bad conditions, the more difficult it becomes to change the situation for better.

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