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Magical Realism in 100 Years of Solitude

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100 Years of Solitude - Unit Assessment Define Magical Realism and give examples from within the novel. What does "magical realism" accomplish as a technique? Is it successful here? Why or why not? Gabriel Garcia M�rquez is an author that is commonly associated with the term Magical Realism. His book One Hundred Years of Solitude is overall a fine example of this fusion of mysticism and reality. The novel is about the Buend�a family over the span of seven generations and how they affected their city of Macondo. Throughout the story, they face real and many times unreal situations, and it is because of M�rquez's seamless use of Magical Realism that the effects of these situations are so profound. Through the use of Magical Realism, M�rquez accomplishes in setting a unique mood for the story as well as help convey the themes of the novel. In this way, he is successful because he uses Magical Realism not just to add novelty to the story but to also make connections with the themes as well as Latin American history to some degree. One Hundred Years of Solitude uses and is successful with its usage of Magical Realism because of the subtlety and depth at which he uses it. ...read more.

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The novel begins with Macondo being an innocent town resting within its own solitude. By the end after so much change, tragedy, and emotion the town shrinks again into itself after the five year-long rain. This point is further proven after Jos� Arcadio translates the prophecies and is swept away along with the town in a violent wind storm. "Then the wind began, warm, incipient, full of voices from the past, the murmurs of ancient geraniums, sighs of disenchantment that preceded the most tenacious nostalgia"(421). This sentence is near the ending of the book when Jos� Arcadio is reading the prophecy. It shows how time is going in a cycle because it references nostalgia and the past. This means that the wind is bringing back the situation that Macondo was in, while it was a solitary and quiet village. By using these two elements of Magical Realism as well as others, M�rquez shows how his use of the style helps push the reader to examine certain details. As a technique, M�rquez uses Magical Realism to help convey one of the major themes of the knowledge: time. M�rquez uses time as a theme to show the looseness and circular properties of time. ...read more.

Conclusion

M�rquez took a real-life event, and gave it a magical twist by literally giving the missionaries holy powers, such as levitation. Magical Realism as a technique succeeds in helping the author convey the themes and set the mood of One Hundred Years of Solitude. Gabriel Garcia M�rquez uses Magical Realism in One Hundred Years of Solitude because of how well it complements the rest of the novel through its presentation and added complexity. The way M�rquez uses Magical Realism in One Hundred Years of Solitude is just how it is supposed to be used: subtle in a way that the reader notices when it occurs but not so apparent that it detracts from what the author is trying to say or focus on. From a technical and creative standpoint, M�rquez uses Magical Realism successfully in his work. His use of Magical Realism not only enhances the story, but provides an extra layer of depth to the themes discussed throughout One Hundred Years of Solitude. Magical Realism also contributes greatly to the mood of the novel, by adding even more mystery and magic to the Latin American setting. Gabriel Garcia M�rquez uses Magical Realism successfully to enhance and deepen the themes and moods of One Hundred Years of Solitude in a way normal realistic fiction couldn't. ...read more.

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