The Handsomest Drowned Man
Gabriel García Márquez
Born March 6, 1927 → Died April 17, 2014
Colombian novelist and one of the greatest writers of the 20th century
awarded Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982
Best-known Latin American writer in history
Superb writer of short stories and an accomplished journalist
The Leaf Storm
In Evil Hour
No One Writes to the Colonel
One Hundred Years of Solitude
-Allusion-an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.
-Magic Realism- shows range of different concepts, share a common acceptance of magic in the rational world
-Symbolism- Esteban- a symbol of the god or gods of any religion that has the power to transform the lives of the people in a village
-Point of View- Third person
-Setting- Geographical context: more modern setting-a backwater village lost in time and no particular place
“He looked so forever dead, so defenseless, so much like their men that the first furrows of tears opened in their hearts.”
“He had the smell of the sea about him and only his shape gave one to suppose that it was the corpse of a human being, because the skin was covered with a crust of mud and scales.”
“They did not even have to clean off his face to know that the dead man was a stranger.”
How does the drowned man transform the people and their village?
How does the description of the drowned man change over the course of the story?
What are the men’s attitudes towards the man?
What are the drowned man’s physical qualities?
- What do the villagers decide to do after they bury the drowned man?