Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Sometimes I think that my mother is a nut bag. My mom has all these wild superstitions that were passed down to her by my grandmother. In One Hundred Years of Solitude there are many passages where the supernatural comes into play. In the video that the class watched, Márquez states that his grandmother's stories (from his childhood) of the supernatural was what created this dimension to his book. A couple instants in the novel that come to mind is the ghost of Prudencio who haunts José Arcadio Buendía and of course the famous pigs tail. The ghost of Prodencio hits home for me because my grandmother and mother had convinced me there was ghost haunting my bedroom till the second grade. This "ghost" appeared whenever I had not cleaned my room, which was often. The pigs tail reminds me of when I was told not to lie and if I did my nose would grow like Pinocchio (I do feel this warning was common with most parents). The technique of mixing reality and imaginary in literature, as the class, learned is magical realism. The use of this technique makes the fantasy aspect of the novel more life like and relatable. The way in which Márquez uses magical realism and the old fables of his grandmother made One Hundred Years of Solitude, for me, a relatable story, that is the superstition layer of the story.