One Hundred Years Of Solitude By Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Like Water For Chocolate

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With 220,000 dead in Colombia and one million in both Mexico and Nigeria, the impact of civil wars still pierces the literature in these countries (Roser and Nagdy). However, the works that grew out of the bloodstained soil in these countries differs from literature written after a civil war in other parts of the world. Unlike most countries, culture in Colombia, Mexico, and Nigeria is still rich with superstition and mythological themes that bleed into the works of the authors that live there. Because of this, authors in these countries often write in the genre of magical realism, which combines aspects of fantasy and reality in writing, as noted by Thomas Alwa Edison in the International Journal of Multidisciplinary Approach and Studies. In One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, and The Famished Road, by Ben Okri, the magical and the realistic components of their plots must be inseparable so that their authors, through characters, may accurately reflect the cultural effects of colonialism and civil wars and symbolically…show more content…
Most of these wars were perpetrated between the two major political parties that existed at the time: the Liberals and the Conservatives (Turgeon 401). Marquez's passionate reflection of Colombian culture seeks to bridge the gap between the country's violent past and its covert beauty. His lush jungle settings are often awash with blood and a cacophony of screams always accompanies his diverse wildlife. To capture an accurate account of Colombian culture in One Hundred Years of Solitude, Marquez turned to history to fill the pages of his novel. For instance, one of the main conflicts in the novel is a civil war between two parties aptly named after the two brutal political parties present in Colombian
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