Fantastic Elements Essays

  • Fantastic Elements in The Porcelain Doll

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    Fantastic Elements in The Porcelain Doll Although "The Porcelain Doll" is found in an anthology of Magical Realist literature, one may wonder if the story is a true example of Magical Realism. Written in 1863 by the Russian Leo Tolstoy, "The Porcelain Doll" was a letter that is now treated as a short story. After analyzing Tolstoy's story, a reader may see that "The Porcelain Doll" is not a true example of Magical Realism but rather a possible example of the Fantastic. In order for a

  • Fantastic Elements of Saint George and The Dragon

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    Fantastic Elements of Saint George and The Dragon Margaret Hodges adapted "Saint George and The Dragon" from its original work that was written by Edmund Spencer. "Saint George and The Dragon" is a short story that was published in 1984. Margaret Hodges, who adapted this fantastic literature, is from North America. " Saint George and The Dragon" shows many characteristic of Magical Realism; however, it is Fantastic Literature. "Saint George and The Dragon" is similar to Magical Realism

  • Sublime and Fantastic Elements in The Day We Were Dogs

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    Sublime and Fantastic Elements in The Day We Were Dogs "The Day We Were Dogs" is a short story written by an author born in Puebla, Mexico, in 1993. Elena Garro's major themes revolve around the concepts of time and memory. I do not believe this story is a true example of magical realism; however I do see the sublime and the fantastic used in this story. I think that this story is really a misidentification of magical realism. To start out, I was moved by the way the author talked about a

  • Violin

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    many fantastic elements as well as realistic elements; however, it should not be confused with magical realism. Violin copy written in 1997 by Anne Rice. She has written several novels that were imaginary and fantastic. The novels that Anne Rice has written have that kind of effect on a person while reading her novels. During the story, the unreal elements of the story started with the fact that she kept her husband with her after he had been passed away for several days. The unreal elements of

  • Beowulf As An Epic Hero

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    many supernatural battles and events. The demeanor of Beowulf is considered a main fantastic element. When Beowulf fights Grendel and Grendel’s mother, he is immortal. Then, suddenly, he becomes mortal and falls to the dragon (Klaeber xxiv). In Beowulf, marvelous elements are everywhere. They include a fire breathing dragon and sea monsters (Burlin 119). There are additional examples of the use of fantastic elements in Beowulf. Beowulf single-handedly carrier thirty suits of armor from the battlefield

  • The Fantastical Elements of Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera

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    The Fantastical Elements of Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera In Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera fantastic literature is displayed at its best. Originally published in 1911, this French writer produced one of the most famous novels in French history. Created into a play and a musical produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, this story has touched millions. However, this transition from a novel to a theatrical performance has caused much of the story to be left out of the production. When viewed

  • Magical Realism: A Fusion of Dream and Reality

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    magical realism was defined as confusion within clarity, so is the world of probability. Magical Realism is a fusion of dream and reality, an amalgamation of realism and fantasy, and a form of expression that is reality based with several fantastic elements that are regarded as normal by both the readers and the characters. This definition is the simplest way in which Magical Realism can be described. Magical Realism is also known for showing a different viewpoint on life and the...

  • Flann O'Brien, Dickens and Joyce: Form, Identity and Colonial Influences

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    to theoretical post-colonial models. There is a temptation to see all Irish work since the revival in terms of decolonization. Cahalan, in The Irish Novel, traces the tendency of Irish writers such as Swift, Edgeworth and Maturin to employ fantastic elements and non-realism in direct opposition to English colonial models and in affirmation of certain Irish traditions. Mercier, in The Irish Comic Tradition, points also to the presence of exaggeration, absurdity and scatological detail in Gaelic heroic

  • Saint George and the Dragon as Fantastic Literature

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    Saint George and the Dragon as Fantastic Literature Set "in the days when monsters and giants and fairy folk lived," Margaret Hodges' tale Saint George and the Dragon brings to the world of children Edmund Spenser's classic Faerie Queene. Retold in children's format in 1984, Saint George and the Dragon is based upon Spenser's English legend of the sixteenth century. Through examination of the characteristics that describe fantastic and magical realist literature, a more concise understanding

  • The Salamander Short Story Analysis

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    includes some aspects that can be compared to her life, yet many other aspects in her story are inexplicable. “The Salamander” by Mercè Rodoreda can be described as a fantastic story because of the fantastic elements it contains, such as hesitation and liminality. The short story fits well into Todorov’s definition of the fantastic because it creates hesitation for the readers when the narrator experiences rebirth and it includes several examples of liminality. Liminality can be seen when the defined

  • The Metamorphosis

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    Metamorphosis. The Metamorphosis appears to be a fantastic piece. After reading The Metamorphosis, I do believe that there are many similarities between magical realism and fantastic literature. Kafka showed many fantastic issues in The Metamorphosis. While reading The Metamorphosis, I did not feel that it had any magical elements in the story, but had many fantastic elements. In my opinion, I think that the story did have some realist elements. For example, there was a lot of tension with the

  • Fantastical Ideas and Gothic Tendencies in Jane Eyre

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    and gothic tendencies. The novel is an example of Bildungsroman heroine with the title character Jane maturing from childhood. We see her spiritual, psychological and social development. Through this development Bronte manages to join both fantastic elements with a more realistic structure by weaving in references to fairy tales, dreams, mythic imagery and plot twists. Fantasy is used by Bronte to inform the reader of any emotional subtexts in the novel. Jane's dreams are a good indication

  • Light is Like Water as Magical Realism

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    Water" (December 1978), the use of various fantastic elements along with the realist elements is what defines this story as Magical Realism. The exclusive magical element of "Light Is Like Water" is light because Toto and Joel use it as water. The use of light as water comes into use when Marquez says that the light begins to "pour out of the broken light bulb" (158) Light having the same physical characteristic as water is the use of "an 'irreducible element' of magic, something we cannot explain

  • Fantasy and Magical Realism in Violin

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    that there were a lot of fantastic elements in this book. An example of a fantastic element is when Tirana laid in bed with Karl after he died. She kept him in the house for about four days after his death because she didn't want the funeral parlor to burn him; she wanted to be with him forever (8). I feel this is more toward the fantastic because I cannot see anyone keeping someone after he is dead. The smell alone would make me want to get throw out the body. Another element of fantasy was when she

  • Elements of Fantasy in Catwings Return

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    Return" has some elements similar to those found in Magical Realism, but the story mostly has elements of Fantasy in it. By examining the American story "Catwings Return," a reader will be able to see the similarities and differences between Magical Realism and Fantasy. In order to have some characteristics similar to those in Magical Realism, a text must contain both realistic elements and magical elements (Flores 112). In "Catwings Return," one of the realistic elements could be the setting

  • Magical Realism and the Sublime in The Monkey

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    was published in 1934. "The Monkey" is a form of gothic sublime. In this story, I encountered many elements that related to magical realism as well as the sublime. "The Monkey" has many magical elements. The beginning of the story mentioned a purple-eyed young fallow deer (109). The element appears to me as being a magical element rather than an element of the sublime. Another magical element was the tortoise being more than one hundred years old (109). A person knows that no tortoise is capable

  • Namor The Sub-Mariner Book Report

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    However, it also contains many other fictional elements: countries such as Wakanda and Latveria (very small nations), and organizations like the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and its enemy, HYDRA, and A.I.M.. In 2009 Marvel officially described its world's geography in a two-part miniseries, the Marvel

  • Media Influence On A Girl's Self-Esteem

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    self-criticism towards themselves and others. Thus, media’s depiction of female heroines affects girls’ self-esteem from ages five to thirteen. The terms: Associative Self-Esteem, Mirror Stage, Aural Self-Esteem, and Body Dissatisfaction, are key elements that built a girl’s self-esteem and are found to be affected by the influence that heroines have on girls. Superheroines’ femininity has been created with false stereotypes that defines their behavior and constructs a specific body image; thus, these

  • Identifying The Day We Were Dogs

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    magical realist story is questionable. Often stories are misidentified because of the closeness of literature such as magical realism, the fantastic, and the sublime. The story leaves a lot to one's imagination instead of presenting it in the text. Elena Garro blends two days and two completely different worlds together in this story. The magical elements depend on how one uses his or her imagination throughout this story. The girls could either be pretending to be dogs or they could have actually

  • X-Men Film Analysis

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    Throughout history the human race has sought forms of entertainment. Whether it be in the form of a simple game, a grandiose tournament or a simple play production, we have always sought to entertain ourselves. In recent years as the film industry has continued to grow and evolve a new genre has emerged the mainstream popular culture. One big idea changed the course of a genre and an entire Industry. That would be comic book movies. The first moderately successful Marvel film was X-Men, this was