The Most Handsomest Drowned Man In The World

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The Most Handsomest Drowned Man in the World Gabriel Garcia Marquez Gabriel Garcia Marquez creates a surreal atmosphere in his short story The Most Handsomest Drowned Man in the World. Though a second or third reading is required to fully grasp the concept of this bizarre, yet somehow believable piece, once understood, it truly leaves the reader with a replenished hope about the mentality of the human race. The arrival of a large drowned man on their shores inspires the villagers to create incredible stories about him and to improve their own lives also. The villagers find the curiously large man as a stranger to their isolated community, but give him his burial at sea just as they would for their own children. Through a better understanding of Marquez' background, historical context, combined with the author's own style of writing, the main themes of The Most Handsomest Drowned Man in the World can become more apparent.

Children find the unfamiliar face washed up on the shore and start playing, burying the body in the sand. One of the other villagers sees this and carries the remarkably huge dead man to the nearest house, using a sort of wooden sled. He is taller than most men, and "weighed more than any dead man they had ever known, almost as much as a horse" (Marquez 302). The men send word to other villages to see if anyone claims the dead stranger. Meanwhile, the women in the town take care of the dead man. They mention that the seaweed and growth looks like it's from far away oceans. They notice that the stranger seems proud. It was after they cleaned the body off when they realized what an awesome man he was. This man was the strongest, most handsome and best-built man they...