Magical Realism: A Fusion Of Dream And Reality

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Magical Realism: A Fusion of Dream and Reality

Franz Roh originally coined the term magical realism as pertaining to art, magical realism also evolved as a form of literary writing that began in the Latin and Central American countries. Magical realism is an amalgamation of the real and unreal, a fusion of dream and reality, and confusion within clarity. Magical realism became known for changing the way in which one thinks. Instead of seeing the ordinary and mundane, the Magical Realist brings a spark of life to the imagination that in turn enlightens the reader on a whole new level of thinking. As magical realism was defined as confusion within clarity, so is the world of probability.

Magical Realism is a fusion of dream and reality, an amalgamation of realism and fantasy, and a form of expression that is reality based with several fantastic elements that are regarded as normal by both the readers and the characters. This definition is the simplest way in which Magical Realism can be described. Magical Realism is also known for showing a different viewpoint on life and the way in which people think or act. Luis Leal stated that Magical Realism couldn't be identified either with fantastic literature or with psychological literature, or with the surrealist or hermetic literature (Leal 119-124). To put this idea in a much more facile definition, Magical Realism is just its own thing. It is the odd ball among the in crowd. Magical Realism does not use dream motifs, nor does it create false worlds. Due to the fact that Magical Realism is neither of the above, it cannot be identified as fantastic literature or science fiction. Magical Realism is not magic literature, as the name would seem to imply. Instead of producing spells to create situations, it simply expresses them. Magical Realism is unlike other major writing styles that try to change or dominate the existing scene. It is humble, unlike many styles, which seem to be forced on people and in turn demand attention and...

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