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Magic Realism: Friend Or Foe Essay

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Your imagination has no limits. What exactly is magic realism, you might be asking yourself. Well, if you have ever seen Godzilla you have seen magic realism. Magic Realism is a type of dream or fantasy that is mixed into the real world. How does magic realism make you feel? Why does magic realism occur? How does magic realism affect the world? These are just a few of the fascinating questions we will uncover using the short stories we have just read. A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Light is Like Water by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and My Life with the Wave by Octavio Paz. Magic realism used in these short stories paints a vivid image into someone elses imaginary life, where the real world and the fantasy world meet in a meticulously realistic style. (Webster, 2013)
The first short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings is a good example of magic realism. In the story, the man with enormous wings falls from the sky, some believe he is an angel coming for the sick boy, and others believe he is just a fool with wings. “‘He's an angel,’ she told them. ‘He must have been coming for the child, but the poor fellow is so old that the rain knocked him down.’" The family of the child believed that it was a miracle and they housed him. In fear of the burden that he brought, they secretly wished he would fly away, and he did. “Elisenda let out a sigh of relief, for herself and for him, when she saw him pass over the last houses, holding himself up in some way with the risky flapping of a senile vulture.” The magic aspect of this short story kept the story alive, the detail of the ‘angel’ was astonishing. Not only does magic realism paint a detailed picture in your mind it allows a sense of reality, which brings it all back to the real world. In this story, the magic realism makes me feel happy and at ease for the family, as well as the ‘angel’. Magic realism is used a little differently in Light is Like Water by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
In Light is Like Water the main characters are these little boys who work very hard to get the things they want. The first thing the boys ask for is a rowboat, he want it so that he can ‘go out to sea’. The boys were so happy to get the boat that they had...

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