How does Beloved show the characteristics of magical realism?

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Technically, magical realism is a literary mode that only refers to a temporally and geographically specific form of writing: writing to emerge in Latin America in the mid-twentieth century, epitomized by famous Boom writers like Gabriel García Marquez and Alejo Carpentier. Magical realism, a blend of fantasy with quotidian reality, was used by these authors to address the normalized but "unbelievable" violence and thwarted political projects in the history of the region.

That being said, the issue of what might more appropriately be called the supernatural or the spectral in Beloved is of extreme importance. The main element of the supernatural, the return of Sethe's dead daughter, communicates an essential message of the work: that for the victims of historical violence, the inheritance is so real and traumatic that it as if the past were made present and flesh. Psychological studies into transgenerational trauma—most famously in the case of children of camp victims in the...

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