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Magical Realism

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Kaylie Hooser

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Transcript of Magical Realism

What is magical realism? Its History Characteristics Magical Realism Background Kaylie Hooser Magical realism is an aesthetic style or genre of fiction in which magical elements blend with the real world.
Magical realism is characterized by two conflicting perspectives: one based on a rational view of reality and the other on the acceptance of the supernatural as prosaic reality.
From the 1960's to the present, there has been a strong current of magic realism within the general movement of post-modernism, especially in British and North American literature. The term "magical realism" was first introduced by Franz Roh, a German art critic, who considered magical realism an art category.
To Roh, it was a way of representing and responding to reality and pictorially depicting the enigmas of reality.
In Latin America in the 1940s, magical realism was a way to express the realistic American mentality and create an autonomous style of literature.
According to author Lindsey Moore, Hybridity is a characteristic often found in the gengre—"Magical realists incorporate many techniques that have been linked to post-colonialism, with hybridity being a primary feature." Moore continues, "The plots of magical realist works involve issues of borders, mixing, and change. Authors establish these plots to reveal a crucial purpose of magical realism: a more deep and true reality than conventional realist techniques would illustrate."
The Supernatural and Natural—In magical realism, the supernatural is not presented as something the characters quesiton. Moore tells us, "While the reader realizes that the rational and irrational are opposite and conflicting polarities, they are not disconcerted because the supernatural is integrated within the norms of perception of the narrator and characters in the fictional world."
Pan's Labyrinth In order to deal with the terrible events happening in her life, Ofelia turns her world into a fairytale.
There is no line between her fantasy and her reality of the fairytale, adding a characteristic of Magical Realism to the story.
She believes that she is the daughter of the King and Queen of the underworld, and that she may return to them if she accomplishes tasks brought to her by a faun she "meets." The Book Thief Online book reviewer, Lesley has this to say about Markus Zusak's The Book Thief: "There is a quality of story that is contained in The Book Thief that I have not encountered before. It is with remarkable skill that Markus Zusak is able to rearrange words and, in a subtle way, rip out emotions from you that can make time stand still as you ponder over the meaning of it all. "
The interesting factor about The Book Thief is its narrator: Death. Because of this detail, the story offers a new perspective, one in which follows different rules than that of a person. Death is omniscient.
Although Death is not an actual person, it is introduced as being sympathetic and benign.
Chocolat "Chocolat" is the story of a young mother, Vianne Rocher and her six-year-old dauter, Anouk. The two are new to the French village "Lansquenet-sous-Tannes."
Vianne opens a small chocolaterie called La Céleste Praline, and begins making encounters with the village people.
Through Vianne's chocolate and other unexplainable means, the lives of the villagers are changed.
Beloved Morrison offers readers a fresh, new perspective of the time period she writes about by introducing a "supernatural dimension," according to Sparks Notes' editors.
The main characteristic of Magical Realism that is clear in this book is that it is believable with the perspective of normal experiences, but also with the presence of a ghost.
The readers of the book and its "characters...do not hesitate to believe in the supernatural status of these events," says the editors of Sparks Notes. "For them, poltergeists, premonitions, and hallucinations are ways of understanding the significance of the world around them." Image Sources Morgan, S. "Three Rivers Library YA Blog." Three Rivers Library YA Blog. Web.

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Works Cited "The Book Thief by Markus Zusak." Awesom & Bemused. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. <http://awesomeandbemused.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/the-book-thief-by-markus-zusak/>.
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Pan's Labyrinth explore's the horrific realities of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of a young girl, Ofelia.
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