“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” – Study Materials

Study materials to facilitate classroom discussion and analysis of “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

As entertaining as this story is, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” can also be challenging for students. It’s the analysis that gets tricky.

This resource is designed to open up the text for interpretation and analysis and simplify the process by highlighting a specific approach to the story.


  • A brief essay highlighting a postmodern reading of the story and explaining how the story may best be understood, thematically, to be concerned with the fallible nature of our shared instinct to explain and categorize the world around us.
  • A set of 10 discussion questions for use in small groups or whole class discussion
  • A 15 question multiple-choice quiz

If you are mainly just looking for an explanatory essay to help students unpack the story, we have what you are looking for here.

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