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…show more content…
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 all their friends help them take it up to their apartment. “A jet of golden light as cool as water began to pour out of the broken bulb, and they let it run to a depth of almost three feet. Then they turned off the electricity, took out the rowboat, and navigated at will among the islands in the house.” The little boys imagination went wild as they soared through the house. “‘Light is like water," I answered. "You turn the tap and on and out it comes.’" Magic realism occurs in the minds of the young most abundantly because as a child your imagination is endless. Throughout the years, as you grow you forget to use your imagination, and you get consumed in life. Magic realism occurs to allow the creativity return to us, and we can just let go. Without magic realism the world would be very dull. How might magic realism affect us and the world?
In My Life with the Wave by Octavio Paz, the narrator is affected by everything the wave does. The wave, is a metaphor for a woman. His first tactic was to hide the wave, he knew no one would understand her. When gets in a heaping of trouble she can’t help him, but luckily when he finally returns home she is waiting there. Magic realism, in this short story, affects the world through love. “‘Well, now you’re free. You were lucky Lucky there were no victims. But don’t

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