Supernatural Elements in Like Water for Chocolate and the House of the Spirits

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A supernatural event is an event which, according to the laws of nature, cannot happen. In the two works that I have studied “Like water for chocolate” by Laura esquivel and “The house of the spirits” by Isabel allende, magic realism has been used as a common literary device to give the book a fantasy-like twist, making it very interesting and engaging. Magic realism stretches the boundaries of realism in order to stretch or widen the definition of reality. In Like Water for Chocolate, magic becomes ordinary, admitted, accepted and integrated into the rationality and materiality of literary realism. The first instance of magic realism in Like Water for Chocolate is Tita’s entry into the world, “Tita was literally washed into this world on…show more content…
Whereas Laura Esquivel’s approach is slightly different, she integrates magic realism into simple, everyday routine of life, as if it is something normal however the readers tend to accept it more easily as most of her magic deals with food and in THOTS such supernatural events are circumstantial and fictional therefore it is not easy for the readers to accept a beauty like Rosa, adventures like Uncle Marcos, etc. In both the novels supernatural elements are present, without which the books would have not had the effect on readers that it has.
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