Use of Magical Realism in Chronicle of a Death Foretold Essays

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Use of Magical Realism in Gabriel-Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Magical realism is clearly present throughout Gabriel-Garcia Marquez's novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Magical realism is the juxtaposition of realism with fantastic, mythic, and magical elements. A secondary trait was the characteristic attitude of narrators toward the subject matter: they frequently appeared to accept events contrary to the usual operating laws of the universe as natural, even unremarkable. Though the tellers of astonishing tales, they themselves expressed little or no surprise.

Obviously the most concise definition of magical realism is that it is the combination of magical and real elements. The magical elements that
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The bride was given a chest with table settings in pure gold for twenty-four guests. They also brought in a ballet company and two waltz orchestras. " (44)

This is clearly exaggeration because there is no doubt that the small poor town could not afford such lavish gifts. Pedro saying that the pain in his groin had reached his throat and how he could not sleep for eleven months are signs of magical realism. The narrator said that he believed him when he said these things.

"He was carrying a suitcase with clothing in order to stay and another just like it with almost two thousand letters that she has written him they were arranged by date in bundles tied with colored ribbons, and they were all unopened."

No person writes someone two thousand letters with reply let alone without one. This is ridiculous but we accept it as truth because of Marquez's mastery of magical realism.

Chronicle of a Death Foretold has many humorous parts mostly because they are ludicrous. These parts are magical realism because the suspend belief through humor.

"They were sitting down to breakfast when they saw Santiago Nasar enter, soaked in blood and carrying the roots of his entrails in his hands. Poncho Lanoa told me: "What I'll never forget was that terrible smell of shit." But Argenida Lanoa, the oldest daughter said that Saintiago Nasar walked with his usual good bearing, measuring his steps well, and that his Saracen face with