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A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings


by Gabriel García Márquez

Guide Mentor

Character Role Analysis

Father Gonzaga and The Wise Neighbor Woman

Both the town priest and the neighbor lady weigh in on what, exactly, the angel's arrival means, and what should be done with him. The priest basically decides that he's not an angel, although he never gets confirmation from the Pope; the neighbor lady says he's an angel who must be killed, but nobody obeys. Both offer spiritual guidance—even if it's mostly ignored.