They were playing on the beach when one of them had noticed something big drifting near the shore. Esteban is incompatible with the village as it first exists. As his body approaches the shore, the children who see him imagine he is an enemy ship. Subsequently, the women that tend to Esteban are blind, though he is soiled; they see his beauty. Once they lay him on the floor of a village house, they discover he is also taller than any man they've ever seen. The sight of this discovery does not scare the children away; in fact, they continue playing with the corpse, burying it with sand over and over, until someone notices what the children have and sounds the alarm in the village. We know that we're dealing with an isolated village, with no real modern technology, livelihood that its relies on fishing for livelihood.
Instead of seeing the benefits of his enormous strength, they begin to consider that his large body might have been a terrible liability in life, both physically and socially. Marquez writes a magical story of a man from a faraway land washing up on the shore of a remote village. He has become a person to them, a name-Esteban. But when it washed up on the beach, they removed the clumps of seaweed, the jellyfish tentacles, and the remains of fish and flotsam, and only then did they see that it was a drowned man. When they laid him on the floor they said he'd been taller than all other men because there was barely enough room for him in the house, but they thought that maybe the ability to keep on growing after death was part of the nature of certain drowned men. They did not need to look at one another to realize that they were no longer all present, that they would never be.
It argues that a truly great person has the power to change others inspire them to be better, to make them want to be extraordinary. With the whole story being centered on this strange man that appears almost magically and grabs the attention of every single person in the town. It's such a small village, that the all the men combined fit into seven boats, and there are only about twenty houses among them all. A Glossary of Literary Terms 9th Edition. The dead man is brought to the village and cared for by the women.
They rejoice because, now, the man can belong to them. Before we go any further, there are some things you should know about this small fishing village. If they had been told Sir Walter Raleigh, even they might have been impressed with his gringo accent, the macaw on his shoulder, his cannibal-killing blunderbuss, but there could be only one Esteban in the world and there he was, stretched out like a sperm whale, shoeless, wearing the pants of an undersized child, and with those stony nails that had to be cut with a knife. Two of the focal themes are sight versus blindness and unconditional love. So when the men returned with the news that the drowned man was not from the neighboring villages either, the women felt an opening of jubilation in the midst of their tears. The connection between the drowned man and the sea highlights his role as an almost supernatural figure of mythology. They thought that if that magnificent man had lived in the village, his house would have had the widest doors, the highest ceiling, and the strongest floor, his bedstead would have been made from a midship frame held together by iron bolts, and his wife would have been the happiest woman.
The story ends with an estatic vision of the transformation of beauty. In a way you can say that the people in this town are shallow. The others, coming to, went from sighs to wails, and the more they sobbed the more they felt like weeping, because the drowned man was becoming all the more Esteban for them, and so they wept so much, for he was the more destitute, most peaceful, and most obliging man on earth, poor Esteban. He was definitely clever, strong, kind, flawless. They would make houses with wider doors and stronger floors in Esteban's memory. Gabriel Garcia Marquez and magical realism. Than because of Stephen they would make bigger houses, paint them bright colors, plant roses around the cliff all to remember Stephen.
On noticing that he is heavier than any man they've ever seen. They had been playing with him all afternoon, burying him in the sand and digging him up again, when someone chanced to see them and spread the alarm in the village. He is bloated and his skin is green. While the men went to find out if anyone was missing in neighboring villages, the women stayed behind to care for the drowned man. In their small fishing community, there is such little space around that dead bodies are not buried, but thrown over the cliffs and into the ocean. The eldest lady in the group names the man Esteban.
The women use a sail to make him a shirt. In the story, the body of a drowned man washes up in a small, remote town by the ocean. Both are full of tricks and techniques. First of all, they cleaned him from jellyfish, seaweed and the crust. While the men are undertaking this task, the women set about cleaning the man's body. In order to do so, however, they must clean the corpse and prepare it properly before it can be given final rest. They want to tie an anchor to his body so that he will sink to the deepest part of the water.
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. The children, being children, start to play with the body until an adult spots the new toy and lets the rest of the village know. This section contains 293 words approx. Fascinated by his huge size and his beauty, the women then decided to make him some pants from a large piece of sail and a shirt from some bridal linen so that he could continue through his death with dignity. These themes also exceed one another and provide for a story with a moral. The more they consider these things, they more attached they become to Esteban and the more alive he becomes to them. The man, whom the villagers name Esteban, is unusually tall and so shockingly handsome that the villagers—first the women, then the returning men—begin to essentially fall in love with him, treating him with religious reverence, and adopting him into their families.
While making up a backstory for him, the women begin to feel pity and sympathy for the drowned man. This is a far cry from the desert like cape we first met at the beginning of the story. Esteban and Religion The story of The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World starts with a corpse washing up on shore of a small island village. Again, the likeliness of this event happening is quite bleak, but the author writes it as if it were plain fact that the wind could carry children. Then they saw it had no flags or masts and they thought it was a whale.