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Gabriel García Márquez Writing Styles in The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

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Style

The arrival of a large drowned man on their shores inspires the imagination of the inhabitants of a tiny fishing village.

Point of View

The simplicity with which "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" is told conceals a rather complex narrative technique. The villagers, finding a drowned man on their beach, begin to admire and then love him as they prepare him for proper burial. The third-person narrator, however, only describes the man through the eyes of the villagers. It is their conceptualization of the drowned man, not any objective viewpoint, that the reader receives. Furthermore, the point of view shifts away from the villagers at certain times in the narrative, such as when the imaginary hostess worries about her chair and he "never knowing perhaps that the ones who said don't go, Esteban, at least wait till the coffee's ready, were the ones who later on would...

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