As we move forward in our unit on stories, we’ll look at the genre of writing known as Magical Realism.

magic-realism-paintings-rob-gonsalves-1001Magical Realism is a type of fiction – when a story that takes place in a realistic setting that is recognizable as our past or present world (this excludes futuristic space colonies, lost ancient cities), incorporating impossible or supernatural elements (ghosts, spirits, miracles, powers, prophecies, etc.) where these extraordinary things are viewed as not just normal but also unremarkable, and thus, nobody bothers to explain why they exist or happen. Or, where fantasy and reality are smashed together and everyone acts like its normal! Please see the video below for an overview of magical realism:

The Four Elements of Magical Realism are:

  • -Hybrid/Hybridization – this mixing of the real and unreal
  • -Irony
  • -Authorial Reticence – the author not clarifying details, but letting the reader decide for themselves
  • -Supernatural + Natural

Click here to access the story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “Light is Like Water”.

As we discuss this story you will be asked to focus on one of the following aspects: Characters, Plot, Figurative Language, Elements of Magical Realism and Theme. In small groups you will discuss your analysis of the story, and then prepare to lead a small discussion for the class. We’ll be focusing on the speaking and listening standards during class discussion from now on, so be sure to work towards being able to do the following things during discussion:


  1. Be able to clearly answer the question being asked. No um’s, or looking around, or acting confused. Be prepared.
  2. Be able to reference exactly where you got your answer from, or be able to point out an illustration of your answer.
  3. Engage others by asking them questions, or being able to add to their answers without interrupting them.