Magical Realism Definition Essay Examples

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  • Garcia Marquez Magical Realism

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    After World War II, somewhere in the 1960 s and certainly by the 1970 s, writers began to produce novels that resembled former novels but that broke the historical comparison or the communal memory of the traditional novel. Such novels contain plots and characters that are deeply infused with a particular national identity -- national identity is their point, so to speak; yet such novels, rather than being limited to the national readership that shares this identity, are translated almost immedi...
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  • York Random House Man With Enormous Wings

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    Fantasy is uninhibited imagination, magical realism is the art of producing effects beyond human power by supernatural means, a myth is a traditional story, or legend that concerns a superhuman being without always being based in fact. The stories, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, by Gabriel Garcia, and Fleur, by Louise Erdrich combine all three of these to create captivating stories. In A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings Gabriel Garcia uses magical realism to bring the story to life by point...
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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez First Person Narrator

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    When analyzing Isabel Allende's and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's lives, parallels between them become increasingly obvious, thus the rationalization for some of the similarities that are observed between their historically fictional novels The House of the Spirits and Chronicle of a Death Foretold, respectively. One of the most obvious parallels is the influence of women on both of them. Allende dedicates The House of the Spirits "to my mother, my grandmother and all the other extraordinary women of...
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  • Deliberate Alienation Surrealism And Magical Realism

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    ... f reality. He needs to show them just how extraordinary their ordinary world is. The collection's first story, "Tln, Urban, Orbis Tertius, " accomplishes this expertly. Borges spends most of the story establishing an elaborate fantasy world whose commonly held philosophical truths are incongruent with our own. "The nations of that planet [Tln] are congenitally idealist. Their language, with its derivatives -- religion, literature, and metaphysics -- presupposes idealism. For them, the world ...
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  • Realism And In One Hundred Years Of Solitude

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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel One Hundred Years of Solitude has often been alluded to as a work of magical realism with many intersexual references. Magical realism can be defined as literature usually characterized by elements of the fantastic woven into the story with a deadpan sense of presentation. This is evident in many instances throughout the novel. Also, there are many interests within the work. Such outside sources that Marquez uses are The Bible and the style of the ancient Greeks, m...
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  • Magical Realism Mama Elena

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    Magical realism n. A chiefly literary style or genre originating in Latin America that combines fantastic or dreamlike elements with reality (Dictionary. com). In the novel, Like Water for Chocolate, written by Laura Esquirel, magical realism is used throughout the story to explain the impossible, within the daily life of the fictional characters. This magical realism is a continuous element of story, starting from when the main character, Tita, is born. Magical realism continues to work its mag...
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  • Magical Realism In The House Of Spirits

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    In The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, the story of three generations of a family is told. The story begins with Clara del Valle as a girl who eventually marries Esteban Trueba. They have a daughter, Blanca, who gives birth to her own daughter, Alba. All of the women are found to have unusual abilities and strength. Clara is able to interact with spirits and demonstrates a growing proficiency for telekinesis throughout her life. Blanca inherited some of her mothers clairvoyant abilities ...
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  • Deliberate Alienation Surrealism And Magical Realism

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    Critical thinking is a terrible thing. At least, that seems to be a popular opinion. We live in an age where people are willing to look to anyone but themselves for advice on what they should think. Rather than figure out what their own opinions are, they trust the thinly-veiled slant of the television newscasters, the politics-masquerading-as-reporting of magazines like Time and Newsweek. There are fashion shows and magazines that tell you what you think is stylish. Children in grade school and...
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  • The Old Man And Wormhole A Review

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    This story represents the basic existential angst that infiltrates the late 20 th century American conscience. Note the theme of the threatening stranger who goes unrecognized by the innocent old man, obviously an analogue for Uncle Sam, the perennial archetypal figure so beloved of editorial cartoonists and poster collectors. He invites the "wormhole", which is here strangely personalized, although it is a science fiction concept. A wormhole is a "hole" in the structure of the universe, which t...
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  • Magical Realism Dramatic Monologue

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    As the centuries pass, people seem to have more courage to express themselves in unique and innovative ways through their own medium of representation. In modern poetry specifically, we see writers who are bending the rules of traditional form, presentation, and subject matter. A new era in our civilization calls for new poets who are not frightened to be different. Gary Soto, a Mexican-American, has the courage to express the struggle his people have had in the southwest through his mystical wr...
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  • Jose Arcadio Buendia One Hundred Years

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    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, lived and experienced one of the most intriguing cultures in the world, Latin American. These experiences play a dominant role in the development of the characters, specifically Jose Arcadio Buendia. Resulting from this vast culture is the profound psychological makeup interwoven with Jose Arcadio Buendia, which Freudian interpretation proves to be a useful tool in evaluating. With the conscious and subconscious decisions that ...
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Isabel Allende
La casa de los espíritus [The House of the Spirits] (novel) 1982
Los cuentos de Eva Luna [The Stories of Eva Luna] (short stories) 1990
El plan infinito (novel) 1991

Jorge Luis Borges
Ficciones (short stories) 1962
Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings (short stories and essays) 1964

Alejo Carpentier
The Lost Steps (novel) 1953
El reino de esté mundo [The Kingdom of This World] (novel) 1949

Leonora Carrington
Le Cornet acoustique [The Hearing Trumpet] (novel) 1974
The Stone Door (novel) 1978

Angela Carter
Shadow Dance (novel) 1966; also published as Honeybuzzard 1967
The Magic Toyshop (novel) 1968
Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces (short stories) 1974; also published as Fireworks: Nine Stories in Various Guises, 1981
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (short stories) 1980

Julio Cortázar
Final del juego (short stories) 1956

Mia Couto
Voices Made Night (novel) 1986

José de la Cuadra
Los Sangurimas (novel) 1934

Laura Esquivel
Like Water for Chocolate (novel) 1989

Timothy Findley
Not Wanted on the Voyage (novel) 1984
The Telling of Lies (novel) 1986

Carlos Fuentes
Terra Nostra (novel) 1975

Gabriel García Márquez
Cien años de soledad [One Hundred Years of Solitude] (novel) 1970
The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother (novella) 1984

David Grossman
See Under: Love (novel) 1986

Jack Hodgins
Spit Delaney's Island (short stories) 1976
The Invention of the World (novel) 1977

Alice Hoffman
Property Of (novel) 1977
Illumination Night (novel) 1987
At Risk (novel) 1988
Seventh Heaven (novel) 1990
Turtle Moon (novel) 1993
Second Nature (novel) 1994
Practical Magic (novel) 1995

Susan Kerslake
Middlewatch (novel) 1976

Maxine Hong Kingston
China Men (novel) 1980

W. P. Kinsella
Shoeless Joe (novel) 1983
The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (novel) 1986

Robert Kroetsch
What the Crow Said (novel) 1983

Ann-Marie MacDonald
Fall on Your Knees (novel) 1996

Gwendolyn MacEwen
Noman (short stories) 1972

Steven Millhauser
Edwin Mullhouse: The Life and Death of an American Writer (novel) 1972
Portrait of a Romantic (novel) 1977
In the Penny Arcade (short stories) 1986
The Barnum Museum (short stories) 1990

Toni Morrison
Song of Solomon (novel) 1977
Beloved (novel) 1988

Gloria Naylor
Mama Day (novel) 1988

Ben Okri
The Famished Road (novel) 1991

Michael Ondaatje
Running in the Family (novel) 1982

Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children (novel) 1981

André Schwarz-Bart
Le dernier des Justes [The Last of the Just] (novel) 1959

Ntozake Shange
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (novel) 1982

Leslie Marmon Silko
Ceremony (novel) 1977

D. M. Thomas
The White Hotel (novel) 1981

Mario Vargas Llosa
The Green House (novel) 1966

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