Light Is Like Water Magical Realism

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“Life is very mysterious and there are many things we don’t know. And there are elements of magic realism in every culture, everywhere. It’s just accepting that we don’t know everything and everything is possible” by Isabel Allende. Relevantly, magic realism was practiced in Latin America, it goes beyond reality to express impossible ideas. During the mid-1900s, an Argentinian author, Jorge Luis Borges, wrote the short story “The Circular Ruins”, this story illustrates the dreams of light and darkness. Another Latin American author, Gabriel García Márquez, wrote the short story “Light is Like Water”. He is also known as the “Father of Magic Realism”, and his stories also incorporate realistic description with magical and mythological events. …show more content…
Márquez practiced this literary element to exaggerate the length of time. Adding an extra effect to the duration of the time emphasizes the idea to make it sound more interesting and understanding the true intent of the author. For instance, Márquez elaborates the flooding in the children’s home of their dreams. “Salvaged from the bottom of the light … lost in darkness for years” (361). In this quote, the characters find the missing objects hidden under the furniture, and the author exaggerates the time that the objects went missing. Márquez added the hyperbole for an expression, and not for the literal meaning. This also contributes to the magic realism, because it illustrates that the dreams of the children were becoming their reality too. However, he also exaggerates the degree of disappointment, of a character. During a communication, people tend to frequently use hyperbole to stress their emotions to simply highlight their point. In “Light is Like Water”, Márquez tells the reader how disappointed the children’s parents are, because they are not using the rowboat that the parents bought for them. Then, the father japes the children, “These kids don’t win so much as a nail … they’re capable of taking it all even the teacher’s chair” (Márquez 360). While the father uses simile to compare the children’s capability, it ties in with hyperbole, because the father is exaggerating the fact that they are spoiled. The father expresses his disappointment towards the children with humor. Unexpectedly, the rowboat has been an important aspect of the story, because the kids have been using it secretly to explore their dreams that is also their reality. Lastly, Márquez exaggerated the characteristics or roles of the characters in the plot. Hyperbole is used to place emphasis on the action and feature of the character that is not meant to be taken literally. Furthermore, the author puts an extra

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