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During the peak of events in the Second World War the United States decided to drop two atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki leading to the final end of almost a decade of turmoil and tension The introduction of a new atomic power led humanity to discover a new reality polished by the realization that the future would be a reflection of an irreversible decision Hence it is true that from the time of the atomic chaos forward the fate of mankind had been changed and was never to be the same again In John Steinbecks The Chrysanthemums and Gabriel Garcia Marquzs The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World a similar fate is developed The two stories presented have their plot evolving around an alien element that arrives in the society where the characters belong bringing about an immutable transformation to their lives -- just as the people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were introduced by the atomic bombs and forced to coexist with it The changes introduced in the stories are opposite to each other since Steinbeck depicts the transformation of the protagonist Elisa as a negative and pessimistic disclosing of her own self and Marquz shows that the changes brought from an exotic element brings hope and light to a dull village creating a more vivid and colorful environment In both stories a foreign and mysterious person lands in a naive setting interfering the routine of the characters by its mere presence The antagonist in Steinbecks short story is a man whose attitude as well as behavior take the protagonist Elisa to a world never explored before By the end of the short story Steinbeck shows that Elisa is crying - like an old woman 201 conveying to the reader that the strange man she had met before had slowly murdered the over-eager over-powerful 194 young woman she was in the beginning of the plot On the other hand in Marquz short narrative a
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