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Jennifer Rogers Professor Conway Eng.201, Sec.0501 July 3, 2019 The Work of Imagination and Community “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Gabriel García Márquez is a short story of a deceased man washed up onto shore. The villagers admire the drowned man by giving him mythical characteristics and held a huge funeral for him. The drowned man has an effect on the village, that transforms them forever. The article “Overview of The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” by Rena Korb discusses the overview of the short story, the author’s background and the use of magical realism, which is a combination of realism and fantasy and how the villagers were able to find within their community to create a brighter future for themselves. I agree with Korb, that Márquez use of magic realism changes the way the villagers think from fantasy to reality and change to their community. Magical realism reflects the story that contains fantasy and realism. In the story, the handsome dead man gave love and beauty to a run-down village. The handsome drowned man, who was found on the shore gave the local villagers a chance to visualize a new concept that they have never seen before. According to Rena Korb, the elements of magical realism helps act as a “fairy tale without drawing criticism for its lack of reality” (Korb). I agree with Korb that the elements of magical realism are what brings the characters to life. The beginning of the story, children were playing with the dead corpse. People would never leave their children alone with a dead body. The villager’s children are not afraid of the corpse, which makes them different from other people in the world. The women in the village began dressing and cleaned Esteban’s body
2 Jennifer Rogers and they thought of the incredible things he would of have like a house and a happy wife. This

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