Magical Realism

1029 WordsJun 20, 20185 Pages
Giants and Angels roam the pages of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s stories, “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings”, and “The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World”, creating the perfect scene for magical realism. Many of the elements within these stories coincide with each other; this has everything to do with the overall component of magical realism, which binds together similarities and sets apart differences. The themes of each story are found within the other and can stand by itself to represent the story it belongs to, the settings are similar in location and the ability to change but different in their downsides and the writing style is so alike, that it has barely any differences. Marquez is a master story-teller whose works of art can only…show more content…
The setting is also by the sea in “The Handsomest Drowned Man In The World”, but instead of the houses being filled with crabs, they are desert-like. ‘The village was made up of twenty-odd wooden houses that had stone courtyards with no flowers and which were spread about on the end of a desert like cape” There wasn’t much land in their village at all, but after Esteban came they choose to make their houses bigger to honor Esteban and in turn the setting became peaceful and sunny. The similarities lay in the location choices and how each setting changed in some way, but each setting at something different that is wrong with it. The writing styles for both stories are very similar because they are written in the narrative story telling form. Because of this they both include descriptive language. From “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings”, come quotes like, “The world had been sad since Tuesday”, “His huge buzzard wings, dirty and half-plucked were forever in entangled in the mud”, and “If they washed it down with creolin and burned tears of myrrh inside it every so often, it was not in homage to the angel but to drive away the dungheap stench that still hung everywhere like a ghost and was turning the new house into an old one”. Quotes like “But when it washed up on the beach, they removed the clumps of seaweed, the jellyfish tentacles and the remains of fish and flotsam, and only then did they see that it was a
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