Man’s Lack of Control in Several Works In Gabriel Garcia Marquez's “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings: A Tale for Children”, Frank O'Connor’s “First Confession”, and Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, the primary characters face disempowerment. Each character’s lack of control parallels man’s inability to control the very unpredictable universe. This narcissistic perspective ultimately creates a state of disempowerment. Each character has the expectation of controlling reality, which ultimately is unfulfilled. Ultimately, the universe cannot be predicted, nor can the events within the human experience, and the tension created in the minds of the characters becomes the central conflict of each piece. The conflict between character’s expectations...The end:
.....athy for the Young Man, it does allow Albee to construct a consistent perspective of man’s ultimately futile need to control the events of life. In each of the works, characters exist in realities which are clearly random, and cannot be controlled. Yet the acknowledgment of this weakness would make existence impossible, because any personal expectation would be rendered irrelevant in light of the unpredictable nature of the universe. Works Cited Albee, Edward. The sandbox; and, The death of Bessie Smith ; with, Fam and Yam . New York, NY: New American Library, 1988. Print. Marquez, Gabriel. Collected stories . New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999. Print. O'Connor, Frank. First confession. Mankato, Minn.: Creative Education, 1990. Print.