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The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

by Gabriel García Márquez

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Quote #1

He had the smell of the sea about him and only his shape gave one to suppose that it was the corpse of a human being, because the skin was covered with a crust of mud and scales. (2)

Compare this description of drowned man's state at the beginning of the story with his appearance later. How has the drowned man – as a body and an iconic figure – changed?

Quote #2

They could not find a bed in the village large enough to lay him on nor was there a table solid enough to use for his wake. The tallest men's holiday pants would not fit him, nor the fattest ones' Sunday shirts, nor the shoes of the one with the biggest feet. (4)

The drowned man is incompatible with the small village. But rather than transform him to fit their ways, as they attempt to by fixing up his body, he ends up changing them.

Quote #3

It seemed to them that the wind had never been so steady nor the sea so restless as on that night and they supposed that the change had something to do with the dead man. (4)

The women manifest their internal feelings of change in their surroundings.

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