Unformatted text preview: The Use of Magical Realism as a thematic device in “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” by Gabriel García Márquez and “Kitchen” by Banana Yoshimoto Jacky Chong Magic realism is one of the main literary devices used in both novels. It is a literary style or narrative mode in which magical and unrealistic elements are mixed with a realistic atmosphere in order to have a deeper insight into reality. Both the two authors use magic realism in their novel as a thematic device. Yoshimoto uses magic realism to highlight the miraculous and enjoyable aspect of life, while Márquez uses magic realism to convey the darkness of human intentions to fog the truth. Throughout “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”, Gabriel García Márquez frequently uses strange, surreal details to describe ordinary events. For example, he describes the local brothel to be so resplendent that the reader has trouble distinguishing what exactly Maria Alejandrina Cervantes does. Although she is a prostitute, the description of her house is so beautiful that reader might does....
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- Spring '11
- Chronicle of a Death Foretold, narrator, Narrative mode, Banana Yoshimoto