Magic Realism in Haroun and the Sea of Stories

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What is Magic Realism?
The definition for magic realism can be explained as fantasy combined with realism: a style of art or literature that depicts fantastic or mythological subjects in a realistic manner.
“Magic realism--the capacity to enrich our idea of what is 'real' by incorporating all dimensions of the imagination, particularly as expressed in magic, myth and religion.”
(Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia)

Examples of Magic Realism

Invisible Tap
Rashid tells Haroun where he receives the source of his stories—the Invisible Tap—installed by a Water Genie.” I drink the warm story waters and I feel full of steam. It comes out of an invisible Tap installed by one of the Water Genies”(Rashid,17)The magic realism here is the
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Hoopoe was basically a giant bird used as a transportation vehicle for Haroun and Iff, the water genie to get to their destination. Haroun soon learns that this magical being accelerates at a rapid speed that no bird can ever do and soon finds out that this bird is a machine. “But, but, but, you have entrusted your life to me. Then am I not worthy of a little of your respect? Machines also have their sense of Self-esteem”. (Hoopoe, 66) Hoopoe reveals that he is a machine. The magical realism to Hoopoe is that although his outer appearance as a bird shows nothing of him being a machine, later on the story he gets his brain removed and placed back in.

The Moon – Kahani
[pic] “The surface of Kahani appeared- as far as Haroun’s eyes could see- to be entirely liquid. And what water it was! It shone with colours everywhere, colours in a brilliant riot, colours such as Haroun could never have imagined. And it was evidently a warm ocean; Haroun could see steam rising off it, steam that glowed in the sunlight. He caught his breath.” (Rushdie 68).
Kahani is a great example of magic realism. The moon itself we know exists and it is a true thing, but what we are given in Haroun and The Sea of Stories has lots of magic. Almost the whole moon is covered in water. This water is “Story Water” it’s colourful and if you don’t know why this is magic well, on our real moon, there is no water at all nothing
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