Write a reader response journal about "Letter to a Young Lady in Paris" by Julio Cortázar, and in that journal, discuss how magical realism is expressed differently in this story than in Gabriel García Márquez's "A Very Old Man with Tremendous Wings."
In "A Very Old man with Enormous Wings," magical realism is used to veneer the inhumane treatment of a creature whose uniqueness is impossible to separate from the mundane. In "Letter to a Young Lady in Paris," Cortázar uses magical realism to illustrate the narrator's struggle with mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Magical realism gives readers an alternative look at the crude nature of everyday life.
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