Judgement is placed all aroundus, for we judge the unknowing in this mortal world we live in, but where dothe lines get drawn.
This story shows a man that is not like any other, and howhe overcomes the judgment, then shows how you are more than what yourappearance shows.Angelsare commonly known to be elegant beautiful creatures wearing white with aspiritual presence. After reading the short story, it makes you question yourown perception of what angels look like. Though we do not have any proof orvalidations of what angels look like. We have our own perceptions that we willnormally stick with. In the article, the author stresses the fact that humanthought the very old man with enormous wings was an odd creature that should beon display for a circus act for the world to see and abuse like a caged animal.Peoplewould imagine an angel being treated with reverence and respect as they areviewed as messengers of God.
Instead, the reaction from the people is filledwith fear because of his appearance of not looking so heavenly. Garcia Marquezutilizes in “Enormous” the standpoint of an outside party witnessing the eventsso as to not focus on the internal journal of any single character. Thus, allwe see is not quite an individual, but rather summarized and condensed- with nodefinite statements. The side of peopleis represented by a faceless crowd; the side of the divine is covered with acharacter of what seems an emotionally motionless angel. Theconflict between the two is rather a quiet one, with its core being theinability or not willingness of both sides to understand and connect with eachother, which results in this mite distance between sides, which are ofdifferent origins and different worlds.
Theseven deadly sins are lust, greed, pride, wrath, envy, gluttony, and sloth. Allpresented in the short story to teach a lesson to the readers. One can surmise ‘Enormous”was a commentary on the events of Colombia.
Although readers usually see FatherGonzaga as a symbol of the Roman Catholic Church, it is important to realizethat the story equally serves as a commentary on Colombians. The villagersrepresent Colombian and the “angel” religion, as opposed to the church. Readingthe short story demonstrates how ignorant and cruel some people can be. When hewas first seen, they treated him like an animal, having him locked up in a cagesmelling like a dead animal.Thecouple grew very wealthy with the admission money they charged for thevillagers to see the “Angel”. Elisenda believed the man was an annoyance eventhough he healed her son, and gave her all the wealth that she enjoyed. The oldman cured the son as well as many other people in the village.
Despite everything,the old man was suffering from he still managed to make a way and a living forothers while being treated as a circus act.Greedwas the over-riding theme in the story. The first was when “Pelayo and Elisendawere happy with fatigue, for in less than a week they had crammed their roomswith money and the line of pilgrims waiting their turn to enter still reachedbeyond the horizon. “They built a two-story mansion with balconies and gardensand high meeting so that crabs wouldn’t get in during the winter, and with ironbars on the windows so that angels wouldn’t get in.
Elisenda bought satin pumpswith high heels and many dresses of iridescent silk, the kind worn on Sunday bythe most desirable women in those times” (Marquez, 1955).