Make sure you have read “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” and the information posted in Assertions in Fiction before beginning this assignment.
In the story, Marquez creates a world set completely in the realm of magical realism. This concept, magical realism, was invented and championed by writers from South America, with Marquez as one of the literary masters of this genre.
Write an essay that considers the following and synthesize an assertion [or set of assertions] that you feel answer the listed questions [keep in mind that this should be a cohesive short essay journal, not a series of unrelated paragraphs]:
How is Marquez’s use of magical realism used to assert the theme of either hospitality to strangers vs. exploitation of strangers or faith vs. organized religion?
What does the consistent embrace of magical realism in South American [more specifically, Colombian] authors highlight about their culture?
Once you have thought through your assertions, please write a 1-2 page journal that discusses your ideas. As you write, please remember to include:
Paragraphs and cohesive organization. Your writing should be academic with clear connections between ideas.
Specific examples/quotes. As you discuss your assertions, make sure you give specific examples or quotes that support your ideas. Make sure you explain your ideas clearly enough that I buy into your argument. If you quote, make sure you have integrated [and formatted] correctly.
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