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Gabriel Marquez is accomplished in the use of magical realism Marquez makes use of magical realism to blend reality and fantasy with the intention that the distinction among the two obliterates Magical realism enlarges the categories of reality to include myth magic and other events in nature which are left out in realism Gabriel Marquez examines the existence of magic in daily life and our concept of divine intervention in A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings An example of this technique comes from the story when an angel falls to the Earth because of a violent rainstorm In the storys opening paragraph we can see Marquezs merging of commonplace information with magical elements The utilization of magical elements is highlighted by the characters attitudes regarding the magic When the angel is found by Pelayo and Elisenda they are surprised to see an angel and yet by no means do they question its existence The reality of the situation is never mistrusted however the angel is an astounding manifestation Even the neighbor lady is not shocked Hes an angel she told them He must have been coming for the child but the poor fellow is so old that the rain knocked him down The fact that the old man had wings in the first place seems very acceptable to the characters and this nonchalance is conveyed to the reader To take an idea or an object that one is familiar with and distorting that image into something unfamiliar is called defamiliarization This use of defamiliarization is an especially significant feature of magical realism An angel is something with which most are to some extent familiar with yet Marquezs angel is an entirely unusual sort of angel One expects an angel to have attractive light wings Conversely the old man has a mite infested shabby set of wings that the chickens investigate to find parasites Marquez also adds to the story the tale of
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