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Fantasy is uninhibited imagination magical realism is the art of producing effects beyond human power by supernatural means a myth is a traditional story or legend that concerns a superhuman being without always being based in fact The stories A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia and Fleur by Louise Erdrich combine all three of these to create captivating storiesIn A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Gabriel Garcia uses magical realism to bring the story to life by pointing out the differences in the familys lifestyle before and after the old man left Also Garcia points out the differences in appearance between the old man and the usual preconceived notion of what an angel looks like The beginning lines of the story tell of a poverty stricken family living in a ramshackle house whose baby is sick and they are killing the crabs infesting their house all day The reader can picture the dreariness of the setting when the author writes The sea and sky were a single ash gray thing and the sands which on March nights glimmered like powdered light had become a stew of mud and rotten shellfish Marquez 284 The reader can smell the dead crabs and see the darkness that would make it seem later than it actually is However because the old man comes and becomes almost a circus attraction the family makes a great deal of money At the end of the story the couple built a two-story mansion They also got better jobs and clothes yet the keep the cause of their good fortune the old man in the chicken coop still The chicken coop was falling apart murky and grimy but they feel no gratitude towards the old man Instead they look at him as a burden The old mans appearance isnt exactly what we think of angels however Most people think of angels as beautiful young men and women in
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