Uncle Marcos Short Story
Everyone has someone that they remember from the past. Whether that person is a family member, friend, or a famous celebrity, they are remembered. The people who will not be forgotten often have done something special in order to receive this remembrance. Most people that are remembered are not forgotten because of gifts they gave to others, their adventurous life stories, or their actions that bring attention towards them. In the novel, a young girl named Clara, remembers her Uncle with amazing clarity.
Clara is a young girl who looks up, and admires her Uncle Marcos for his bravery and carefree attitude. Clara remembers every story of her Uncle Marcos adventures with buoyant clarity. She can recite them with ease, and remembers even the slightest detail. Clara’s Uncle Marcos is very exploratory, he likes to see the world and set out on voyages where he will discover something never before seen. At one point, he sets of to explore the world, and comes back with a shipment of enormous boxes that he piled outside near the courtyard. The boxes lay untouched all winter, and at the first sighs of spring he had them transferred to the parade grounds. When the crates were opened, they were filled with an assortment of wood, metal, and painted cloth. Marcos spent two weeks assembling the contents, and when it was finished it turned out to be a massive bird. It had a face of a intense eagle, wings that moved,
... he dies. Does Uncle Marcos presence in the beginning of the chapter have any significance to the story or Clara? (Especially, since ... his role is very small and he eventually dies from some kind of African viruses. ) Uncle Marcos ... this dog might have a special connection between Clara and Uncle Marcos. Even though that Uncle Marcos is dead, it seems as though he ...
and a propeller on its back end. This big contraption causes chaos. Soon everybody, from all over town came to just catch a glimpse of it. Savior vendors and strolling photographs made a fortune off of a single picture, and with that Marcos became the star attraction of the town. He set off on his journey, armed with a compass, a telescope, and several small maps. As he took to the air, hundreds of people cheered from the streets, and little Clara, stared at the horizon until he was well out of sight. After a week with no word from Marcos, people began to talk. Some say he must have flown off into space, and some said he must have landed on the moon. Clara never gave up hope though, and kept thinking positive thoughts. Soon after, his body is discovered and he is laid to rest. However, he returned from his journey moments after he was laid to rest, he has survived his tremendous voyage.
Clara was a unique child, who had supernatural powers. Marcos believed that all human had the capability to possess these magic powers, especially his own family. He thought that if you could not function your powers, it was because of lack of training. Using Clara’s special gift, he bought a crystal ball, and announced to the town that he could predict peoples fortune, wonder away the devil, and improve your outlook on dreams. All people flocked to Marcos, coachmen, storekeepers, milkmen, maids, and market owners went to have their fortunes read. Clara and Marcos dressed the part, and were utterly convincing. However, Clara realized that absolute guesses could change the futures of their customers for the worse. She decided that their job was the work of swindlers, and they abandoned their carriage-house. Marcos was living with Clara and one morning she woke up and her Uncle Marcos was gone without a
trace. He returned from his last and final journey in a coffin. Clara was heartbroken, but she found the strength within herself to carry on. She found refuge in her Uncle Marcos’ stories, which she could repeat verbatim.