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Transcript of Magical Realism
An Introduction to Magical Realism
Elements of Magical Realism:
Transformation of the common and the everyday into the awesome and the unreal.
Elements of dreams, fairy story, or mythology combine with the everyday.
The frame or surface of the work may be conventionally realistic.
Have a strong narrative drive.
Magical Realism, Authors
Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Columbia, 1928 -
Jorge Luis Borges – Argentina, 1899-1986
Guenter Grass – Germany, 1927-
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
He lived in Aracataca, Colombia, a banana town by the Caribbean.
His grandparents were his most important relatives, and influenced him and his writing later on.
His grandfather was a general, a hero and a great story teller.
His grandmother was very superstitious. She filled the house with stories of ghosts and premonitions.
Examples: An angel is found in a mud puddle of the courtyard. The angel’s wings have parasites.
Examples: Some townspeople thought the angel should be named mayor of the world or at least a 5-star general. A man couldn’t sleep because the noise of the stars disturbed him.
Example: Townspeople, village, flood, chicken coop.
Example: Wings are not the most important difference between a hawk and an airplane. They are even less important in recognizing an angel.
Read: "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" pg. 1213. Answer on your blog questions #1 - 7 on pg. 1220.