The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez utilizes a mixture of absurdity and horror, a fact that makes the two stories stand out as perfect examples of magical realism. Magical realism refers to a literary genre in which authors incorporate magical elements but in a realistic atmosphere in their works of fiction. The aim of mixing the magical and the real is to understand reality better. Magical realism can easily be confused with fantasy, but unlike fantasy, it is set in a normal world with original descriptions of the society and humans. This and other elements of the genre are evident in the works of both authors. This essay seeks to examine the two stories, highlighting the major themes that emerge and how the authors facilitate the better understanding of real-life situations through magical realism.
Kafka’s Metamorphosis tells the story of Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman who wakes up one day to find that he has transformed into a large insect. This is an unlikely event and would be seen as a supernatural occurrence in the real world. Gregor Samsa, together with his family, are not very much surprised about his transformation into a gigantic insect and never make any attempt to cure him. Gregor together with the family is never bothered to examine the reason for his transformation but instead focus on adapting to the situation. Gregor's transformation is not that surprising, an indicator that it might have been expected. Readers learn that Gregor was essentially the family’s breadwinner. Initially, the family depended on his job, a fact that made him never quit it despite disliking it and actually contemplating quitting. Gregor comes out as being a very dutiful son and brother. Gregor's mother is a portrayed as a homemaker while the father is a stay...
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