Magical Realism Essay

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Each of us human is alone in our hearts. It is the only place that we are afraid of letting anybody in. We rarely break through the ultimate solitude, but only to reach out to the miracles beyond our world of living, to find out that the strength of love and hope have not abandoned us. Writing about the spectacularity event of life, Marquez could not help stepping in between the magical world and the reality to tell us a tale about “The handsomest drowned man in the world”- the tale of a coastal village interrupted by a man washed up to the shore.  
As one of the most important authors of the Magical Realism movement, Marquez gave his short story all the hallmarks of the genre, as stated by Naomi Lindstrom’s definition found in Twentieth Century Spanish American Literature. The fine line between the magical world and the reality was blurred as the children played with the dead body as if the sign of Death brought no feeling of the uncanny. Even when the villagers found out the dead body on the shore, the reason of his death was not the first thing they concerned. Otherwise, they quickly conjectured a theory about why he weighted more than other man they have ever seen. The ability to keep on growing after death became part of the nature, not the opposite as usual, of certain drowned man. The surprising theory that has shows no grind of day-to-day living was conveyed in a conversational tone. The characters, therefore, quickly carried on with the flow of the story with the acceptance of the supernatural elements blending into their lives without questions.
The dry, emotionally and spiritually barren village, and the villagers as an extension of the village, then encountered inexorable changes. A poetic sense slowly stepped into their lives. From a village of “twenty wooden house that have stone courtyard with no flowers”, they first speculated about the man ability of making “springs would have burst forth from among the rocks so that he would have been able to plant flowers on the cliffs.” In the end of the story, the lyrical theme helped point out the specific details of the villagers dream of a better future. The flowers plays an important role in Esteban's great ability of inspiring others to greatness. It is a far cry from the "deserted like cape" presented in the beginning of the story and the people who underwent the first were nobody but the women preparing the corpse for the funeral.
As soon as the women peeled off the layers of debris on the dead body, they were exposed to the upmost beauty that at first, " there was no room for him in their imagination." Marquez's fantastic writing described the epitome of the masculinity and virility that only exists in mythical tales, leaving the women "breathless", comparing their men to the man laying quietly in...

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