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All things have their season and in their times all things pass under heaven A time to be born and a time to die A time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted A time to kill and a time to heal A time to destroy and a time to build A time to weep and a time to laugh A time to mourn and a time to dance A time to keep silence and a time to speak A time of love and a time of hatred A time of war and a time of peace Ecclesiastes 31-9 As the wise author of Ecclesiastes noted there is a time for everything and the time for change is ever present Gabriel Marquez makes this time for change completely apparent to the reader in his short story entitled A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Marquez draws a direct parallel between the old winged man and the individual each falls from glory and each is often misunderstood by society The tragic fall from glory is an experience visited by every individual and is found in the epics of great cultures The winged man is found saturated with mud and unable to fly He is taken from the mud and stuck in a chicken coop so that others can gaze at the circus animal 106 Society begins making odd demeaning conjectures about the circumstances that brought this man to their habitation while he patiently endures their idiocy Once the general population gets bored with him and refocuses on something else he eventually leaves the coop and moves into the mansion that is paid for by the profit his captors made off him Then his health deteriorates and he even becomes immobile for days before he recovers and flies away ending the narrative The life of every individual is the exact same way We get humiliated in front of society and sometimes
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