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Magical Realism. In the novel "Dreaming in Cuban" by Cristina Garcia, this method is used to incorporate the essence of Cuban culture into the novel as magical realism originated from Cuba

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Dreaming in Cuban: Magical Realism Magical realism is famous for its literary ability to blend the fantastic with the real. Its unique mix of logical and plausible aspects gives the reader the sense of real, visible and powerful images. In the novel dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia, this method is used to incorporate the essence of Cuban culture into the novel as magical realism originated from Cuba. Magical Realism is used for the reader to have a better understanding of time and deeper analysis of context through rich, sensory details, extensive symbolism and emotions, which bring out the dreamer-like aspect of the characters and understanding of the themes in the novel. Many of the magic realism throughout the novel causes the reader to think critically whether, the character is showing a real experience, day dreaming or having illogical hallucinations. ...read more.


The beams bounce off his finger shells and sleeping gulls, and then focus on her. The porch turns ultraviolet. Her hands too, are blue...His jaw churns and swells in each word, faster, until Celia feels the warm breeze of his breathe in her face. Then he disappears." This is a clear representation of imagery and the illogical yet symbolistic use of "lasers" for bright eyes, unrealistic blue hands and the mysterious, sudden disappearance. The sensory details are shown by the "churning" of the jaw, as we can experience this feeling in our imagination. The clenching of the jaw represents ager, while the color blue expresses the melancholic emotions after the characters disappearance. We connect this magical realism to the theme of memory and love. Celia's love for her husband, who is no longer alive, is evident as she can remember his features and movements so clearly. ...read more.


In this magical realism we can connect this passage with the theme of family, which plays an important role in the novel. Lourdes is very emotionally attached to her father since she was a little girl, yet is conflicted with her mother. This also shows the affects of physical separation in the novel, due to politics in Cuba, as her father had lived in the United States with his daughter while Celia remained in Cuba. Christina Garcia elaborates the novels themes and better understanding of the characters by showing the reader direct images or thoughts from their minds of all the main characters. Although, people never reveal it, most people have personal magical realism instances that directly show our deepest wishes and concerns. The portrayal of magical realism makes the difference by the significance of analyzing these "daydreams" with the novels themes, symbolism and imagery. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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