Magical Realism In Pan's Labyrinth

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Within Pan’s Labyrinth it is quite simple to get enveloped into the magical story that writer and director Guillermo del Toro weaves for the occasion, as he foretells of the fantastical world, set in 1944 fascist Spain, that the young Ofelia experiences in her day to day life (Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro). Meanwhile, in Chocolat inspired by Joanne Harris’s novel, screenplay by Robert Nelson Jacobs, and directed by Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, Hallström). Tells of the vagabonds Vianne and her daughter Anouk, that travel everywhere by the bidding of the North Wind, opening a chocolatier in a community stubbornly rooted in tradition (Chocolat, Juliette Binoche, Victoire Thivisol). This tale effortlessly depicts the enchanting confectionary shop that …show more content…
This genre comprises of a literary genre or style that fuses the inconceivably unrealistic creatures of myths, and the unpredictability of the characters that interact with them (Wechsler,298). Not only did Ofelia disobey the commander but also the Faun knowing full well of her consequences she confronted them fearlessly and disobeyed both (Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro). Unlike Ofelia, Anouk did not walk out of bounds that often during the film, only towards the very end did she refuse to follow directions which, in comparison to the film was not as significant. Chocolat portrayed imagination far better, due to the string of imaginative influences of the catholic churches god (Chocolat, Hallström). As well as Vianne’s daughters pet Pantouffle, which was thought to be real in the beginning, but only later in the film was it revealed that the baby kangaroo was just a figment of Anouk’s imagination. Pan’s Labyrinth On the contrary, despite most of the mythical creatures being abnormal, Del Toro admitted in an interview proving that what Ofelia saw and experienced was not a figment of her imagination. Pan’s Labyrinth: To say nothing of the massive number of mystical creatures is an understatement. Throughout the entirety of the film, Ofelia encounters beasts such as: The Faun, Faeries, the Pale Man, Giant Toad, and the Mandrake root. All of which are classified under fabled creatures due to …show more content…
One of which was restated earlier, is the "the Pale Man representing the church,” says Del Toro in an interview. Because of his disgust towards the catholic church’s complexity with fascism during the Spanish civil war (Pan’s Labyrinth, Del Toro). Along with the ominous Pale Man, was the Faun that throughout the entire story, gave off a very confusing undertone of his alliance. Due to his insistence on making the young Ofelia preform such difficult tasks, whether she wished to or else she would face severe consequences. Lastly, the Faeries are quite strange creatures, for the first one seen in the film does not appear as said creature initially. Until it realizes that to communicate with Ofelia that a different form would be easier to manipulate, and converse with the young child then the imposing stick bug

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