(Timmerman 4) The structure of a fantasy novel is created by the combination of the six traits of fantasy literature. Different authors used the traits in different ways to structure a fantasy world. This essay will be using “Beautiful Creatures” by Karmi Garcia & Margaret Stohl and “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner to analyze how authors attempt to structure their plot. The research question is what techniques do the authors of “Beautiful Creatures” and “The Maze Runner” use to structure a fantasy world? Background Background info on
The incorporation of the elements of “magic” and “realism” gives beauty and meaning to Midnight’s Children. Rushdie’s use of magic realism as a narrative technique is very pertinent as he portrays the postcolonial life in his novel. The Magic realism can therefore be seen as a contrivance binding Indian culture of the past to the contemporary multicultural interface. Rushdie used fantasy as a method of producing intensified images of reality. He uses this “intensified images of reality” in Midnight’s Children so as to
Opposites Intertwined-A Victorian Fairy Tale of Light and Darkness An analysis of the work “The Day Boy and the Night Girl”, by George MacDonald (see works cited), evokes questions regarding its classification as a fairy tale. These questions arise due to the adherence of the story to the basic structure and themes of a fairy tale, although, as will be explained below, the story 's structure is materially different in a way which may be explained by the circumstances of the historical period in which the story was written. Unlike literary fairy tales, “The Day Boy and the Night Girl” is not an oral tale passed down through tradition and then transcribed. Instead, George MacDonald wrote an original story. Nevertheless, the themes of the story are those that are to be found in most fairy tales-namely, the element of romance, the dichotomy of good and evil, and the happy ending (see works cited 2).
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are two pieces of fiction that have been read for generations. Though their plots differ, each story exemplifies different ideologies of fantasy, and has similar fictional elements. Both stories feature a protagonist’s exit from the mundane world into a world of fantasy, and in both stories these protagonists return to their world changed by their experiences in the alternate realm. The stories of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland develop differently, and should therefore require antagonists with unique qualities. However, this is not the case.
In simple words, ‘Magical Realism’ is a weird oxymoron that is a fusion of two contrasting elements, fantasy and reality in such a manner that the hidden ‘magic’ in reality is uncovered fluidly. M.H. Abrams in his A Glossary of Literary Terms says, the writers of ‘Magic Realism’, “…weave, in an ever-shifting pattern, a sharply etched realism in representing ordinary events and details together with fantastic and dreamlike elements, as well as with materials derived from myth and fairy tales”. The term was for the first time used by a German art critic, Franz Roh in 1925 who applied it to a group of painters working in Germany. Focusing on the ordinary objects, the painters uncovered the mystery in them.
His portrayal of characters and technique of storytelling are purposeful. He uses magic realism as a means for finding truth. The factors he uses to locate the truth give an aspect of magic throughout. Salman Rushdie artistically incorporates the elements of magic realism in Midnight’s Children. His use of magic realism as a narrative technique is intentional.
Arthurian Legend plays a major part of literature, and a major role in these legends is the ominous Merlin. The original legends were constantly changing to create the image we see today of not only Merlin but many of the characters in the legend. In the 21st century, many movies and TV shows portray Merlin as a powerful wizard whose sole purpose is to mentor and protect King Arthur, so he can one day rule Camelot. However, Merlin’s story is much more complex: Merlin “embodie[s] ancient Christian and pagan magical traditions, recreated for a medieval court and shaped to fit a new moral framework” (Lawrence-Mathers). The Merlin recognized today is credited to Geoffrey and many other great writers who developed Geoffrey’s initial ideas.
We will contrast the ways that the supernatural is used and presented—and later enforced or dispelled—to discern the role it has on both novels. Starting with Lewis’ The Monk we see the supernatural at first only as an inkling that grows stronger and larger as the story goes on. There are hints of prophecies with gypsies and such, but it is not only until we are introduced to it with the narrative of The Bleeding Nun—told by Raymond de las Cisternas—that it is predominant in the plot. This passage seems completely unrelated to the main story, at first, but in it we are introduced to the supernatural as a force that is prevalent in the novel’s reality and that it can in fact, impact a character’s actions. We are introduced to it in detail, as the image of the Nun is clearly seen by Raymond: “[a] figure entered, and drew near my bed.
an intriguing step into modern fantasy is that it blends certain parts of Islamic mysticism into the narrative, making it a window for the reader to see into the world that the novel depicts. Magic enables the novel to express the religious views of Islam in ways that could not have been possible without it, an example being when Alif, Vikram, the convert, and Dina escape the Hand into the “Immovable Alley” (Wilson 154b), a world full of magic and wonder. Islamic mysticism, technology, and unique quest-fantasy come together to form a narrative that exhibits the best, and newest, of each style.
FUNCTION ELEMENT STRUCTURE After discovering relationships between elements in the above-mentioned five characteristics that recognized the existence of a magical world in the real world. Next is to determine whether this work included the work of magical realism or not the work of magical realism is the way to determine the level of relations between these elements by looking at the function of the structure elements. But not only had the findings of the relationships among the elements used to calculate the levels, but the views of the whole structure of the story and its function in the short story The Killer of Parakang. The structure of the story in question is the overall narrate in the novel, how the real world and the magical world