Make sure you quote directly to support your points. Writing Exercise 2 Now you must explore the connection or pattern of ideas that you believe brings two texts together: a short story and an essay. Who exactly is the very old man with enormous wings?
Gabriel Jose Garcia Marquez was born on March 6, 1928, in Aracataca, Colombia, a small town in a farming region near the Caribbean coast.
His birth came just as this region entered a sudden economic decline after twenty years of relative prosperity.
The goal of your essay is to develop an IDEA about the relationship between humans and the natural world. What is the man’s purpose in the story and what does his struggle represent? What is miraculous about the the presence of the old man? How does Marquez employ irony to convey his message?
What idea have these chosen texts led you to consider? How does this message resonate with the essays you’ve read? Eiseley claims that sometimes “the mundane world gives way to quite another dimension” for those “who have retained a true taste for the marvelous.” How does this idea apply to the situation in either “The Metamorphosis” or “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings? Writing Exercise 3 Select a poem whose ideas provide evidence for the essay you are writing.
Magic realism has been a popular and influential form, attracting a wide readership and a great deal of interest from literary scholars.
Drawing on the stories and legends of his rural South American childhood, as well as his study of the sophisticated techniques of modernist writers, Garcia Marquez creates a rich and suggestive fictional landscape that challenges traditional modes of thought and focuses the reader’s attention on the difficult, elusive work of making sense of the world.In most respects, he seems disappointingly ordinary and human, despite his extraordinary appearance.Because he contradicts their expectations, the characters we meet seem thoroughly incapable of understanding him; their conventional wisdom and superstitious beliefs lead them into absurd explanations for his sudden visit, and they treat him in a manner that seems cruel, unjust, and ignorant.Essay 1: Of Man and Beast Readings Short story: Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, Essays: Loren Eiseley’s “Judgment of the Birds,”Charles Darwin’s “The Struggle for Existence” from The Origin of Species, and Frederick Nietzsche’s “Existentialism.” Poetry: “Naming of the Parts” by Henry Reed, “Hedgehog” by Paul Muldoon, “A Work of Artifice” by Marge Piercy, “I dreaded that first Robin, so” and ‘” ‘Nature’ is what we see,” by Emily Dickinson, “Snake” by D. Describe these details (use short quotes as you do this) not as a list but as part of an essay. In-Class Writing about Readings In-class writing on “The Metamorphosis” Difficult as the story may seem, identify five or six details that struck you as interestingly related as you read the story.Think of a new, perhaps different, idea that readings these texts have gotten you thinking about. For this assignment choose a quote or two from the poem and write a page reflecting on the relevance of the quotes to the ideas you’re developing.First Draft In this essay I expect you to explore an interesting idea about our place in the natural world so that your readers can understand something new and different about how we interact with other creatures.Try to focus on Gregor’s condition; attempt to make sense of his transformation.In-class writing on “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short story is written in the style of magic realism, a form of writing that fuses commonplace details of everyday life with fantasy and blurs the line between the real and the imagined.Focus on character development, symbolism, and any other aspect you find worthy of analysis.Your writing should try to get to a interesting idea about the story by examining specific parts of the text that serve as evidence.