The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World opens with the coastal village children seeing a strange swelling at the sea. After some time, the swelling is washed up on the beach only for the children to realize it is the body of a drowned man. The children play with the corpse all the afternoon (Marquez 202). One of the villagers sees the children playing, and he informs his fellow villagers. They then ferry the corpse to a nearby house, remarking his weight is similar to that of a horse. The man is also so tall that he does not fit in the house. After uncovering the face of the man, they realize his handsomeness. The women become so attached to him, and they fantasize of the beautiful life the man had lived (Marquez 204). For identity purposes, the man ia named Esteban. The man is clothed with a hand sewn suit, and funeral arrangements done. Some of the villagers are chosen to pose as the relatives of the dead man. After Esteban was thrown from a cliff, the villagers realize that he could be back someday. To this effect, the villagers plant flowers and paint their houses using bright colours to give identity to Esteban’s village. One day, Esteban cames back and this makes people happy.
Something about his face makes the whole village want to make him one of them.
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What is Formalism?
What is some background information about Formalism?
What are some important terms affiliated with Formalism?
The application of the Formalist approach to Gabriel Garcia Marquez's "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World".
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A formalist's approach to a very good story.
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On the shores of a small fishing village, a the body of a stranger washed up.
Definition of The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World ..
The meaning of a situation or statement can seem straightforward, but eds up being a complete contradiction of that meaning.
A paradox, unlike irony, has you convinced the two ideas or situations are contradictory, but make perfect sense when viewed in context.
Here's a quick recap of the story:
A pretty good looking guy drowned.
The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The children treat death differently: in the beginning the children are the first to find the body and use it for play.
Perhaps it was not disrespectful, but that they found joy and usefulness in anything and the dead man might have been happy to know he helped the children play and be happy.
The body started out barely resembling a corpse.