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chandrayan | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2008 at 5:15 PM via web

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What are the salient features of magical realism?  What is the use of magical realism in "Midnight's Children"?

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 24, 2008 at 10:46 PM (Answer #1)

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Magical realism is a story set in modern world, in a normal setting, but with fantastical elements. It is often applied to describe the work of Latin American writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The prominent features of magical realism are: magic that cannot be explained, a realistic setting and description of a normal world with normal people and objects, two views of reality (the magical and the realistic), and the blurring of boundaries, such as the boundaries of time and/or space. In Rushdie's "Midnight's Children," Saleem's power of telepathy presents a magical element in a realistic world.

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