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Deana Croog Reader Response Journal 2 English 200 Both man’s relationship to God, and to women, is explored in Malamud’s The Magic Barrel. Malamud carefully weaves elements of magical realism into the story, specifically in Salzman’s embodiment of a magical, religious power, that works to help Finkle realize his ideas and hopes about love of God, of woman, and self. Specific imagery and characterization demonstrate Malamud’s magical realism. Upon Finkle’s and Salzman’s first encounter, Malamaud describes the backdrop as “the white moon moving high in the sky through a cloud menagerie, and [?]hed with half- open mouth as it penetrated a huge hen…” (Malamud, 2286). One could suggest that the unity of the white moon as spiritually symbolic of innocence and femininity, and the penetration of the hen as symbolic of sex, foreshadow Salzman’s involvement in Finkle’s ultimate romantic and spiritual success. Salzman insists on calling Finkle “rabbi” though Finkle objects. He seems to possess superhuman powers, such as when he strips the fish
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