In The Woman Warrior, what are the characteristics of magical realism that are used to show us feminism?

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Magical realism is best demonstrated in the novel when the narrator imagines herself as the warrior woman Fa Mu Lan. She learned the legend of Fa Mu Lan through "talk-story," a Chinese tradition of narration in which the protagonists are heroic women and girls. Through talk-story, the narrator (Kingston) is able to transcend what she perceives as the demeaning and passive world that her parents have constructed for her and enter one in which she is powerful and active. Talk-story also helps to connect her to her culture and her history. Despite their occasionally contentious relationship, talk-story also helps to build the bond between Kingston and her mother, who has a talent for talk-story. Kingston gets her passion for storytelling from her mother...

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