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Using Magical Realism to Express Postcolonial Thought Abstract A piece of writing is a purposeful act that an author puts out into the world with one intention and many interpretations.
In well-known works written by Latin Americans, the message is often one of resentment towards the colonization that took place in the time of their ancestors. The movement of magical realism provides these writers with a portal through which they can present postcolonial sentiments.
Texts by major South American authors are explained through the lens constructed around postcolonial theory.
In saying this Mark Twain was able to sum up the mentality of many modern-day Latin American authors. The unbelievable truth behind their harsh colonization paired with the fascination of a morphed reality creates a perfect atmosphere to facilitate my question, which is: How do Latin American authors use magical realism to present their postcolonial views?
Most of the works that are considered to be postcolonial are from third world countries that have, until modern times, been shackled by the rule of more powerful European nations. General defining aspects of postcolonialism include sharp distinctions of race, presence of political power, and opposition to colonialism According to Instructor Farrah Cato, authors of postcolonial works are essentially rebels of their countries who are attempting to reach back into their heritage to salvage what is left of it Cato.
Drawing on the same idea, scholar Erik Camyad-Frexias believes that these authors employ magical realism specifically to restore lost cultural identities. The word magical realism -within itself- is hard to grasp.
One of the better definitions I have found in my research comes from critic Seymor Menton, who suggests that magical realism deals with the improbable, not the impossible.
Rather than classify it under a literary technique, he gives an explanation as to what it does for the reader.
Short story students have always de- aianded that the short story be built around a crucial situation in a chief actor's life; and in Anderson's stories, as in all well- told short stories, a main character trait is tested by a situation of vital significance to its possessor, who either triumphs or is defeated. Although "Hands" is the story of Wing Biddlebaum, we are also introduced to George Willard, the young reporter who appears in many of the Winesburg tales. Like Wing, George has creative impulses, but at this point, as Wing tells George, "You are afraid of dreams. The Wing Biddlebaum in Everyone Great literature comes before people of all generations that is then preserved throughout following generations. Sherwood Anderson was an American writer who was able to share light on modern psychological insights such as the views of Sigmund Freud (Fogel).
So with that said, I intend on explaining how an abstract thing like magical realism can express such concrete postcolonial feelings. When evaluating different postcolonial texts it must be remembered that each author is writing from a different experience of the same colonial influence.
What I discovered is that magical realism has the ability to present the general Latin American resentment toward colonization through its construction of alienation, lack of descriptions and the uncommon distortion of time.
I will examine the texts of three different postcolonial novelists who employ the use of magical realism. In doing so I will prove that indeed magical realism can and does advance postcolonial ideas.
I was able to interview two educators who have experience teaching the subject of magical realism. Sally Gibson is an Honors English teacher who annually centers a semester on studying magical realism, while the other — Professor Farrah Cato- is a specialist in World Literature with a particular interest in postcolonial theory.
I presented each educator with a set of questions to answer from their own perspective, and have used their answers as helpful sources to refer to when answering my question. In addition, I have read and examined texts written by leading magical realists and postcolonial writers Gabriel Garcia-Marquez and Jorge Luis Borges.
As mentioned before, each society has experienced the negativities of colonialism in different ways. Through my research I have realized that a postcolonial author generally will use any method to get around directly stating their resentments.
With that in mind this discussion has been formulated through the synthesis of ideas from scholars and critics who have pondered similar questions. Alienation One example of magical realism serving to express postcolonial thought is through its construction of alienation in certain stories.
Authors use this as a means by which their audience can not only understand but feel what their culture felt has a result of colonization. World-renowned Colombian magical realist Gabriel Garcia Marquez uses a variety of postcolonial themes to represent his opinion of the European sovereign nations.
Alienation proves to be one of the more prevalent themes. The title even indicates this fact. Macondo, the fictional town where the tale takes place, is founded in the middle of the Colombian wild and is completely disconnected from the civilized world for the first half of the novel. Physical seclusion however, is not the only form of alienation that magical realism assists in depicting.
Katalin Kulin, author of Modern Latin American Fiction expresses that alienation causes corruption, one that if felt internally and externally A born leader and once inquisitive man, he begins to lose his senses following the death of a friend.
His family grows uncomfortable with his constant muttering and soon, he loses the ability to speak the same language he has spoken his whole life. Although in every day life this would probably never happen, the reader accepts it, and so magical realism is evident.
Detained as he is, the man remains patient. Despite his treatment as a spectacle the man does as he is told. Magical realism is used here to construct alienation through the inability to converse with the man. His physical deformation also creates a barrier between the villagers and the lonely man, leading him to become simply a side-show for the town to watch.Hands () By Sherwood Anderson The story of Wing Biddlebaum is a story of hands.
Their restless activity, like Winesburg was proud of the hands of Wing Biddlebaum in the same spirit in which it was proud of Banker White's new stone house and Wesley Moyer's bay stallion, Tony Tip, that had won the two-.
Written by Lyne Morissette The use of Magic Realism in "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" In the ’s, there was a considerable emergence of Latin American writers, who followed a specific literary pattern: Magic realism. Sherwood Anderson shows that he was a masterful writer in the short story "Hands." The story is based on Adolph Myers and the problems that his hands create for him.
He is a school teacher in Pennsylvania and is accused of touching the boys of the school in an inappropriate manner. This short story was published with a collection of other stories entitled Leaf Storm and Other Stories in Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a native Columbian, has accomplished a great deal in the field of Magical Realism.
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings. Magical Realism and Symbolism. Garcia Marquez’ short story “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” is an example of magical realism in which the author intends to convey symbolic and allegorical meanings through characters and their actions.
Summary. This story takes place one evening on the veranda of a small house in the fictional town of Winesburg, Ohio. The main character of the story, Wing Biddlebaum, is a short, fat, bald, white forty-year old man who lives alone.
His only friend is a young reporter, George Willard.