Character Role Analysis
The Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
Even though we don't know much about him at all, the old man is the one who makes this story happen. He shows up inexplicably, and leaves just as unexpectedly, but his presence is what changes the lives of Pelayo and Elisenda and also reveals some things about the character of the people of the community.
And, admit it: you were totally rooting for him to escape.