Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Essay Topic

To me, the most interesting aspect of the book is the magical realism.
The author has no boundaries and can really get a point using magical realism. One example is that was mentioned in class is Remedios ascending to heaven versus the massacre. The author makes a strong point by using a fantastic event to show how history alters human perception.


mere said...

I think that magical realism is a great topic too. I admire writers that can use it successfully in their work, because I don't think it is always an easy style to pull off. Remedios the Beauty ascending to heaven was one thing that really struck me in the book. I was intrigued by how she was completely unaware of the changes in Macondo, as well as immune to the pining of men around her. By ascending to heaven, I think that it wasn't just the author's way of adding another biblical reference, but a way of having just one totally uncorrupted character in his story.

Ravin S said...

I thought that the magic and realism seem to be completely different and separate from one another, but in further evaluation I think that they work together. Marquez uses both aspects to make up the unusual perception of the world that the characters have. The different viewpoints that he includes (from different characters) can represent Latin America as a whole, which also ties into Macondo being a microcosm. "Reality is the state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or might be imagined." (Wikipedia) Much of the world as we see it is just that, as we see it. There is no right way to look at it. I do not believe that a human can look at the world from a purely objective standpoint. The magical realism is almost necessary to convey the world through each characters eyes.