Theme Of Realism In Haroun And The Sea Of Stories

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If a story is told in some magical sense, each perceived situation would be disproportionate to reality, but does it make the situation any less real? Through extravagant and purely make believe elements, one can reach the truth in a different way or find another door to the truth. By utilizing magical realism, authors are enabled to have characters in their story break the real life rules, portray magical elements within a realistic setting, and to explore reality in an imaginative way, while suggesting a deeper meaning. In the case of Salman Rushdie’s novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, magical realism is used to capture the whimsical, fanciful, but true purpose of a real and existing idea. Likewise, in the film Big Fish, magical…show more content…
Remarkably, it strikes something solid and invisible, which Iff proclaims to be The Story Tap. The bathroom appears to be normal, with no hidden or mysterious objects, but in actuality, The Story Tap is unknowingly right in front of them, which is an example of how Rushdie incorporates magic into real life setting. People see what they want to see and those who do not believe in magic will never see it. Haroun does not want to believe his father and is never capable of seeing The Story Tap until Iff proves the existence of magic. Similarly, in Big Fish, Edward Bloom illustrates Karl, a man he meets, as a giant in his stories. In real life, however, he is just a very tall man, but Edward over exaggerates the appearance of him and tells a bizarre story about him, claiming he “could crush you [Edward] without even trying” (Burton). To Edward, the facts or possibility of the story do not matter. He utilizes magical realism to emphasize how one perceives Karl. For these reasons, stories that possess the coexistence of magic and reality have the capability to enhance the truth in an imaginative sense. In many stories, a character discovers a new setting that would differ entirely from reality, but still coexist in a hidden manner with the natural world. Most notably, Rushdie introduces the invisible moon Kahani in Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Kahani, the Earth’s second Moon, is hidden from reality due to its

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