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As you discuss Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ story, I’d like you to consider some of the following questions (though you don’t have to answer all of these):
Who is telling (narrating) this story? Why/how does that matter? How would the story be different if we could hear it told from the old man’s perspective?
Why is the old man essentially a voiceless character? What does that reveal about his position in the society in which he lands?
How do the characters respond to the events of the story and what does this say about human nature?
How does Garcia Marquez make an apparently fantastic event seem real and plausible?
What role does religion play in this story? What is the significance of the villagers’ faith?
What do you make of the story’s ending? Is the reader, like Elisenda, relieved when the old man flies away?