Marquez Known as a “Myth Maker”

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Marquez known as a “myth maker” creates myths in his story, “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” in many different ways. Marquez introduces different myths through the handsomest drowned man, and through the wives and villagers in the story. One way the author creates myths in his story is through the handsomest drowned man. When the villagers found him the drowned man seem to be a god-like man in his size and beauty. The women believed that he had authority over fishes, simply by calling them. The handsomest drowned man was beautiful, and the author describes him as to be known from a different world because of his unique differences. Another way Marquez creates myths in his story is through the villagers. In the story the women who sit next to the dead man and watch him, decide to call him Esteban. The older ladies decided to call him this because they saw him with more compassion than passion, and the young stubborn ladies thought of him as Lautaro because it sounded more romantic. At the end of the day it was not argument that the handsomest drowned man was Esteban. His size and beauty are a shock to their small and barren world. “Even though they were looking at him there was no room for him in their imagination”. Another myth would be when the villagers create a life for this man that is dead. Since Esteban is a strange man and because of his height and differences, they assume that his life was sad and miserable because of the way he was. They thought Esteban was always called names at because he was so strange. When burying the handsomest drowned man, the villagers also came up with the idea when a ship sailing by their village they would see the flowers and say that was Esteban’s home. The villagers have decided to be great, to make their village matter, and create a village worthy of the Esteban. In conclusion, the
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