Obsessin’ over the drowned man

My daughter Beneatha keeps on pushin’ me to start readin’ them books she’s always got her noise in. She got me to read this short Story The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I thought it real nice how they showed that poor drowned man all the respect you show your own loved one even tho’ he was a stranger. Life ain’t been that sweet to my people. People shouldn’t be so ‘fraid of what they don’t know.
One thing I didn’t understand ’bout this story was them woman and how they was wishin’ so bad that their men was more like the “handsome drowned man”. It’s a shame they lettin’ that man get their head’s all silly. They got all concerned wit some superficial nonsense. They get so caught up in this man they say, “‘Praise the Lord,’ they sighed, ‘he’s ours!'” last I known we are all the children of God. He ain’t belongin’ to no one else. One should be happy with what they got. God blessed you with who you are and you best not take that for granted. I loved my big Walter and wouldn’t have traded him for nothin’ or no Esteban. He worked as hard as any other man if not more. Even them men lettin’ this man get in their brains, comparin’ themselves to him.
It’s a real blessin’ when people act selfless. I ain’t so sure that they was all that selfless actin’ tho’. They got themselves lost. They busy comparin’ their way of lives to ideas ’bout what this stranger’s life was like. They make his death ’bout them. In the end they’re way of life ended up changin’ because of this man. All this fuss over someone ’cause they different. If they ain’t hatin’ on you ’cause your different then they hatin’ on themselves ’cause they jealous they ain’t like you.

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About Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller can be found running and cycling the streets and suburbs of Boston, taking long sojourns in rare book archives whenever he can. He teaches English at UMass Boston, serves as Book Review Editor for Arthuriana, and writes about digital pedagogy, open access publishing, and medieval literature.

One thought on “Obsessin’ over the drowned man

  1. It was weird that they showed this random person so much respect. They didn’t know who he was, but everyone seemed to be in awe of him. Everyone did get fascinated by this man; it must have been something they haven’t seen before. It makes me think what the people who found the man look like, and how different they really are from each other.

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