Analysis of Two Related Works by Chekov. A Comparison of the Magic in 'The Rocking-Horse Winner' and 'A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings'

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Magic arises out of the two main characters of D.H. Lawrence's 'The Rocking-Horse Winner' and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Paul, in the first story, pulls out higher forces to help him decide who the winner of the next horse race will be. In the Marquez story, a nameless and elderly angel lands on earth to experience first hand the human behavior he strives to correct. The magic in the air gives these stories a feeling of suspense. They are horrifying, if not in the Stephen King horror genre. These tales encompass an undeniable amount of magic, faith, greed, vindication and misunderstanding.

Pelayo and Elisenda, in the Garcia Marquez yarn, find the soul retriever on his way to take their child to heaven, or so it is thought. The magical angel's identity had to be discovered by a neighbor of the couple because they didn't think that an angel could wind up on their land.

Who would think of an angel landing? Meanwhile, Paul doesn't show when he discovers the magical power of the rocking horse he received as a gift one year. He does ride it often as Lawrence describes. The stories are bound by the fact that the magical things they discover are unbelievable at best. They often criticize Paul for his affection for a horse he should have outgrown long ago. No one would believe that the rocking-horse essentially talked to him. Although the characters in 'A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings' believe that an angel is in their presence, they have no idea what to do with him. No one had ever dealt with a spirit on this level before.

As he rocked back and forth on his rocking horse, Paul had faith in finding the winner of the next horse race. For...