A Comparison Of The Magic In "The Rocking-Horse Winner" And "A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings"


A Comparison of the Magic in "The Rocking-Horse Winner" and "A Very Old Man With
Magic arises out of the two main characters of D.H. Lawrence's "The
Rocking-Horse Winner" and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Paul, in the first story,
pulls out higher forces to help him decide who the winner of the next horse race
will be. In the Marquez story, a nameless and elderly angel lands on earth to
experience first hand the human behavior he strives to correct. The magic in
the air gives these stories a feeling of suspense. They are horrifying, if not
in the Stephen King horror genre. These tales encompass an undeniable amount of
magic, faith, greed, vindication and misunderstanding.
Pelayo and ...

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that the magical things
they discover are unbelievable at best. They often criticize Paul for his
affection for a horse he should have outgrown long ago. No one would believe
that the rocking-horse essentially talked to him. Although the characters in "A
Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" believe that an angel is in their presence,
they have no idea what to do with him. No one had ever dealt with a spirit on
this level before.
As he rocked back and forth on his rocking horse, Paul had faith in
finding the winner of the next horse race. For some reason they could not
explain, Paul's uncle and Bassett had faith in him to pick it. They kept making
money on the young boy with faith. The boy, whose parents had no luck, also had
the faith that they did not have. Sadly, his faith killed him. He wanted so
much to rid the house of the voices he heard that he drove himself to death from
the intense pressure he placed upon himself. When he died, he killed the voices
as the ...

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that wind up saving the life of
the elderly angel. They give him a chance to rest and start anew by the couple
putting him on display as a sort of circus freak. Sadly enough this translates
over to modern sitings of crucifix marked men. Many religious fanatics have to
travel wide and far to see proof of their faith just like in the story. The
fact that the poor couple makes money off the angel could be a testament to him
being their guardian angel as opposed to the harbinger of death to their child.
They continue to make money off this freak of nature until another shows up.
The spider girl is just another form of greed in this story. The actual freak
is probably just a costumed ...

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