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Magical Realism in Two Novels

Summary: The failure of hope and change in the novels, "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" and "The Garden of Forking Paths", written by Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges.
Magical realism has been categorized to include literature in which hope, or change for the better fails. However this generalization is short cited and does not apply to all works of magical realism. In magical realism there is usually a yearning or longing for a better life. Because this dream is pursued throughout the whole story, readers may infer that this dream is hopeless or fails. But some stories do not fall under this category. In fact two stories, "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" and "The Garden of Forking Paths", written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jorge Luis Borges, two of the most famous and influential magical realists, do not include the failure of hope and change. In "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World," a town is transformed from a desolated and dry town, into a bright and peaceful town, when a...

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