The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

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The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

The story opens with a group of children playing on the beach of a small fishing village. In the waves a "dark and slinky" bulge is approaching. It turns out to be a drowned man, covered in seaweed, stones, and dead sea creatures. The men head to neighboring villages to see if the dead man belongs to one of them, while the women clean off the body and prepare it for a funeral. While the women work on the drowned man's body, they quickly find that he is the biggest, strongest-looking, most virile, and handsomest man they have ever seen in their lives, or could ever imagine. They conclude that he is a man named Esteban, and when the men return with the news that no neighboring towns can claim him, the women weep with joy that he is now "theirs." The men don't understand what all the fuss is about until the women show them the drowned man's face. Then they, too, are in awe at his handsomeness, his masculinity, and his size. While they admire the drowned man, they think that he must have been ashamed of his size in life, and must have felt awkward on account of it.Together, the villagers prepare a splendid funeral for the drowned man. When they finally let his body go over the cliff and back to the waves below, they all know that their lives have been permanently changed. They know that they will build their houses stronger and bigger, so as to be big enough for a man like Esteban. They will paint their walls brighter and plant flowers, so that some day, when the ships pass by their town, they will look at the bright, beautiful, fragrant town and say, "that's Esteban's village."

The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

I found this short tale story interesting because it was clear and easy to understand. However, I didn’t realize that it was more in depth than just words. As I did more research I found some interesting facts about the tale. For example, the story was rooted in mythological history. The allusions to Esteban, Lautaro, Quetzalcoatl (Aztec God), and Odysseus's sirens illustrates the magical realism. "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" is exploring this mingling of the real (a little fishing village) with the mythological (a magnificent dead man). The point of view is in third person (Limited Omniscient). It might be tempting to label this story is told from an omniscient point of view. After all, the narrative gets into the heads of many different villagers at many different times. But realize that all the information we get is from the perspective of the villagers. We are limited to their point-of-view: we know what they know, and only what they know.I think this tale was written to inform us about a new vision of the future if we work as a team we can make a better world to live in (without changing who we are), inspire others (in whatever) and begin the best that we can be.


1. Admiration2. Transformation3. Men and Musculity4. Version of Reality5. IsolationSea ImageryMythologyFlowers

AUTHORGabriel Gracia Marquez


1. The Drowned Man2. The Woman 3. The Men

Gabriel García Márquez is a Columbian novelist, screenwriter and journalist, born on 6th March 1927 in a small town called Aracataca, Columbia. He was mainly raised by his grandfather ‘papalelo’ who was a retired army Colonel whom Marquez called his ‘umbilical cord with history and reality’. The Colonel was a big inspiration for Marquez throughout his life. He taught Marquez everything there was to know about politics/helped shape his ideological outlooks. Marquez’s grandmother was also equally involved in his upbringing. He enjoyed her stories about magic and his parent relationship adventures in a deadpan style 'One Hundred Years of Solitude’ about thirty years later. The Story--- Originally written in Spanish/translated into English in 1972, and was published with a collection of Márquez's short stories entitled Leaf Storm and Other Stories. By the time this touching story hit U.S. bookstores, Márquez was already famous for his stunning novel 100 Years of Solitude, published in 1967/catapulted Márquez to fame, had a huge impact on the world of Latin American writers, helped establish magical realism( a genre that combines more conventional storytelling forms with vivid, layered fantasy)and led to Márquez's Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.

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