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A Very Old Man WithEnormous WingsBy Gabriel Garcia Marquez

We will talk about…

Magic Realism & Imagery


Author’s country of origin

Religion and Mythology

A Very Old Man With Enormous WingsBy Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Magic Realism

  • Earthly, realistic settings.

  • Laws of nature suspended.

  • Realism combined with

    fantasy / supernatural.

  • Humorous and

    thought-provoking results.

  • Elements of fantasy, dreams, fairy tales, folklore, or mythology.

Magic Realism Example #1

“He had to go very close to see that it was an old man, a very old man, lying face down in the mud, who, in spite of his tremendous efforts, couldn't get up, impeded by his enormous wings.”

Magic Realism Example#2

“Against the judgment of the wise neighbor woman, for whom angels in those times were the fugitive survivors of a spiritual conspiracy, they did not have the heart to club him to death.”


  • Words or phrases that appeal to the senses.

  • Most commonly appeals to sense of sight.

Imagery Example #1

  • “Sea and sky were a single ash-gray thing and the sands of the beach, which on March nights glimmered like powdered light, had become a stew of mud and rotten shellfish.”

Imagery Example #1

“Then he noticed that seen close up he was much too human: he had an unbearable smell of the

outdoors, the back side of his wings was strewn with parasites and his main feathers had been mistreated by terrestrial winds, and nothing about him measured up to the proud dignity of angels.”

Your Turn!

  • Find five examples

    of magic realism in the story.

  • Find five examples of imagery in the story using at least three of the senses.

Gabriel José García Márquez

The Author's Life

Growing Up…

  • “I feel that all my writing has been about my experiences of the time I spent with my grandparents.”

  • Raised by grandmother and grandfather in home believed to be haunted by several spirits!

  • Grandmother told him ghost stories and of superstitions and omens—”the wildest of stories with a completely normal tone of voice” that made the listener wonder if they really were true.

Her stories had him afraid to leave his chair, half terrified of ghosts!

Grandfather, a town “war hero,” told him

stories of battles and how there was no

greater burden than to have killed a man

—Gabriel was

younger than

eight when his


told him these


How did the author’s childhood influence the writing of “AVOMWEW”?

Specifically, how did the grandmother influence him?

Specifically, how did the grandfather influence him?




Who is or has been the most influential in your life?

If you were to write stories, what experiences in your life do you think would be the most influential?

Influences on Your Life

The Author’s Country of Origin

  • Any idea of what it may be?

at the Following Pictures… (Next Slide)

  • Then Think about it…

  • Recognize any of them?

  • Pay attention to the pictures, I’m going to ask you about them!

What Country isthis?



That’s Right! It’s COLOMBIA!

  • Let’s see if you remember…

  • Where is it located?

  • What is the official language?

  • What are the colors of the flag?

  • Did you recognize any faces?

  • What are some of the exporting goods the country is known for?

  • Can you guess what is the most popular religion in Colombia?

Your Task…

  • Create a PowerPoint

  • presentation about Colombia.

  • Work on groups of four.

  • Each group will research 8 interesting and relevant facts about their topic.

Topics: Economy, Language, Geography, Population, Religion, Important Figures, Political system.

The main religion in Colombia is Catholicism.

- What percentage of the population of Colombian is Catholic?

- What are three of the roles of a priest?

Religion of Colombia

The First Sphere of Christian Angels

  • Seraphim- What do these angels do? What do they look like?

  • Cherubim– Where do these angels dwell? What do they look like?

  • Orphanim- What is their

    main job?

    What do they look like?

Second Sphere of Christian Angels

  • Dominions- What is their

    main job?

  • Virtues- What is their main


    What do they look like?

  • Power- What is their main concern? What do they look like?

Third Sphere of Christian Angels

  • Principalities- What is their main responsibility? What do they look like?

  • Archangel- What is their main responsibility?

  • Angel- What is their main responsibility?


  • A catechism is a summary or exposition of doctrine, traditionally used in Christian religious teaching. Find out when the Roman Catholic catechism was written and for what audience it was written.

Latin as a “sacral language”

  • When was Latin first used by the Catholic Church? When was it no longer required?

  • What are three advantages of the church’s use of Latin?

Let’s review…

What is magic realism & imagery? Give me some examples.

Who is the author? Tell me about his life.

What is the author’s country of origin? Tell me some facts about this country.

Tell me about the religion and mythology related to the story.

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings

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