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a beautiful daughter, Laura Farina, that he was interested in. During Nelson Farina and Senator Sanchez’s conversation, Marques incorporates another form of magical realism in the story to catch the reader’s attention. This occurs when Senator Sanchez makes a paper butterfly that ends up flying away. ” He tossed it with no particular aim into the air current coming from the fan and the butterfly flew above the room and then went out through the half-open door” (Pg.991). There are a few reasons behind incorporating the butterfly into the story, magical realism being the key reason. The butterfly could also be a symbol of Nelson Farina’s desire to be set free and the power that Senator Sanchez has over Nelson Farinas freedom. “In magical realism, key events have no logical or psychological explanation. The magical realist does not try to copy 2
Baileythe surrounding realty or to wound it, but to seize the mystery that breathes behind things”. (Zamora, pg.123) Like other Spanish American writers, Marques practices this type of writing technique to get the reader to question the nature of reality.Nelson Farina ends up sending his daughter Laura to the Senator in order for him to be granted his fake identification cards. Laura ends up wearing a Chasity belt that can only be removed with a key that is in Nelson Farina’s possession. This is a way to guarantee that Senator Sanchez will hold up his end of the corrupted deal. By Nelson Farina trading his daughter’s