Essay on Magical Realism and Man's Search For Meaning

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Magical Realism and Man's Search For Meaning

Magical realism was first coined by Franz Roh when he was writing about paintings. Artaro Ulsar Pietri was the first to use the term when talking about literature. Magical realism is also related to other academic fields such as philosophy, psychology, mathmatics, physics, and theology. Im magical realism, "the writer confronts reality and tries to untangle it, to discover what is mysterious in things, in life, in human acts" (Leal 121). Viktor E. Frankl uses this concept in his book Man's Search For Meaning.

The magical realist characteristics that relate to this story include defamiliarization and supplementation. Through Man's Search For Meaning, Frankl explores "a reality which
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Viktor Frankl noticed in concentration camps that certain people lived and others gave up and died. He found that those who found beauty in the small things were the ones who survived. He later called this fascination with the common a man's "will-to-meaning" (ix). One's "will-to-meaning" is the purpose and driving force for his or her life.

In Like Water For Chocolate, one can see how Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning has characteristics of magical realism. When Tita is forbidden to get married and do anything else but take care of her mother, her "healing beauty of nature" comes from cooking (x). Also, her love for Pedro despite her mother's threats was her "will-to-meaning" (ix). Dave Pelzer's A Child Called "It" is similar to this literary example. As an abused child, Pelzer's "will-to-meaning" was also to get revenge on his mother, and he fought to live despite his mother's efforts to destory his purpose for living.

Magical realism is not restricted to paintings and literature but also relates to psychology, philosophy, theology, physics, and mathmatics. Frankl's Man's Search For Meaning is related to magical realism because it causes one to look more deeply into his or her life and understand what his or her "will-to-meaning" is. Everyone who has a reason for living will have a much more rewarding life because he or she will look beyond the present problems towards

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