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Use of Magical Realism in Chronicle of a Death Foretold

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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 exist in works of magical realism are; superstitions, exaggerations, dreams that come true, universal humor and the coincidence of bizarre events. All of these Elements are present within Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

            Placida Linero, Santiago's mother is one example of superstition with is the book.  "She had a well earned reputation...


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... a recognizable setting and believable conversation that enables Marquez to twist in the magical details giving this novel the genre of magical realism.

"What came to dominate the story and to leave a lasting impression was the view of man as a mystery surrounded by realistic data. A poetic divination or denial of reality. Something that for lack of a better word could be called magical realism."  -Uslar Pietri

Works Cited:

Gabriel Garcia Collected Novellas: Chronicle of A Death Foretold. New York[:] Harper Collins Publishers, 1990.

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