Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Magical Realism in 100 Years of Solitude
When I first started reading 100 Years of Solitude, the constant presence of magic really bothered me. It was entertaining, but I couldn't find a logical explanation for it anywhere in the story since most of the books we read don't involve magic. As the people of Macondo believed in magic more and more I started to question their sanity. Marquez sucked me in with his "straight faced" story telling skills. By the time Remedios floated off with the bed sheets he had me fooled. His recount of all the events with complete certainty of truth really bothered me at first. But then I understood that it was part of the Latin American culture to accept magic. Marquez's use of magical realism really had me on the edge of my seat, especially after the banana massacre. I was trying to find every logical explanation for why the people of Macondo had no idea what had happened. After class this week I realized that I have been trying to find logical explanations for every plot twist involving magical realism because we don't see magical realism in western literature.