Likes dislikes of monninger and marquez Essay

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Likes dislikes of monninger and marquez

Give me Freedom to Interpret, or Give me Death!
Imagine if every piece of literature we read used Edgar Allan Poe?s view that all the
elements of the story should work together to create a single unified effect. Everybody
would get the same meaning out of each story and interpret it the exact same way. Instead,
we have the luxury of coming up with multiple meanings of our own trying to figure out
what it all really means. This was the view of the talented Guy d? Maupassant. Although I
will not discuss anything about his stories, I agree with him and have examples of
elements from other great writers in their stories that I was fond of . I had a ball with
the usage of magical realism in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" by Gabriel Garcia
Marquez, as well as how Joseph Monninger used specific details and an open ending in his
short story "Lunch."

To begin, one characteristic used in the short story ?A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings?
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez that I liked was his use of magical realism, where he combined
an everyday world with extraordinary circumstances. For example, at the beginning of the
story, Pelayo is on his way back to his house after throwing out crabs believed to be
causing his family?s newborn to get sick. It is a dark, gloomy day, and while walking he
sees something. At this point, the narrator explains, ?It was hard for him to see what it
was that was moving and groaning in the rear of the courtyard. He had to go very close to
see that it was an old man, a very old man, lying face down in the mud, who, in spite of
his tremendous efforts, couldn?t get up, impeded by his enormous wings? (410). In this
passage, the narrator explained what seems to be an ordinary world with Pelayo?s crab
problems and a man of old age, but makes it extraordinary when Pelayo finds out the
struggling old man has enormous wings. Nowhere in the passage does it say that the man is
an angel. Yet because of the day being very dark, how the man just suddenly appeared in
the courtyard all of a sudden, and the wings on his back I interpreted the old man to
indeed be an angel. This put me in wonder thinking that such an old decrepit being could
be an angel, since I?ve always pictured them as young and beautiful, and even more so
that it could be placed in such an un-extraordinary world. By adding these magical
characteristics to an otherwise normal situation, Marquez helped me to experience the
story in a feeling of wonder, therefore making it enjoyable. Yet, his short story was not
the only one I was fond of .

In the short story ?Lunch,? I enjoyed Joseph Monninger?s use of specific details. How
precise and lifelike his accounts of events were helped me to generate a crystal clear
image of exactly what was happening in the story. For instance, as the narrator begins, he
introduces the fact that it is a hot day as he has arrived at a beach in Maine. What he is
not expecting to see is his ex-wife, Kendra, whom he has been separated from for almost
nine years to the very day. Yet low and behold, there she is on the same exact beach, and
she doesn?t appear to be alone. He goes on to explain, ?It?s July, eighty-three degrees
and hazy with heat. She sits on a blanket, a wide straw hat throwing shade over her
shoulders, a red Coleman cooler beside her. You see a man?s Tevas beside hers, a second
dent in the blanket, a T-shirt balled as a pillow. But he?s temporarily missing, gone,
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