Judgement of both sides to understand and connect with

Judgement is placed all around
us, for we judge the unknowing in this mortal world we live in, but where do
the lines get drawn. This story shows a man that is not like any other, and how
he overcomes the judgment, then shows how you are more than what your
appearance shows.

Angels
are commonly known to be elegant beautiful creatures wearing white with a
spiritual presence. After reading the short story, it makes you question your
own perception of what angels look like. Though we do not have any proof or
validations of what angels look like. We have our own perceptions that we will
normally stick with. In the article, the author stresses the fact that human
thought the very old man with enormous wings was an odd creature that should be
on display for a circus act for the world to see and abuse like a caged animal.

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People
would imagine an angel being treated with reverence and respect as they are
viewed as messengers of God. Instead, the reaction from the people is filled
with fear because of his appearance of not looking so heavenly. Garcia Marquez
utilizes in “Enormous” the standpoint of an outside party witnessing the events
so as to not focus on the internal journal of any single character. Thus, all
we see is not quite an individual, but rather summarized and condensed- with no
definite statements.  The side of people
is represented by a faceless crowd; the side of the divine is covered with a
character of what seems an emotionally motionless angel.  The
conflict between the two is rather a quiet one, with its core being the
inability or not willingness of both sides to understand and connect with each
other, which results in this mite distance between sides, which are of
different origins and different worlds.

The
seven deadly sins are lust, greed, pride, wrath, envy, gluttony, and sloth. All
presented 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 Father
Gonzaga as a symbol of the Roman Catholic Church, it is important to realize
that the story equally serves as a commentary on Colombians. The villagers
represent Colombian and the “angel” religion, as opposed to the church. Reading
the short story demonstrates how ignorant and cruel some people can be. When he
was first seen, they treated him like an animal, having him locked up in a cage
smelling like a dead animal.

The
couple grew very wealthy with the admission money they charged for the
villagers to see the “Angel”. Elisenda believed the man was an annoyance even
though he healed her son, and gave her all the wealth that she enjoyed. The old
man 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 for
others while being treated as a circus act.

Greed
was the over-riding theme in the story. The first was when “Pelayo and Elisenda
were happy with fatigue, for in less than a week they had crammed their rooms
with money and the line of pilgrims waiting their turn to enter still reached
beyond the horizon. “They built a two-story mansion with balconies and gardens
and high meeting so that crabs wouldn’t get in during the winter, and with iron
bars on the windows so that angels wouldn’t get in. Elisenda bought satin pumps
with high heels and many dresses of iridescent silk, the kind worn on Sunday by
the most desirable women in those times” (Marquez, 1955).