To many, The Wizard of Oz serves as a fairytale with the sole purpose of bringing joy to the reader. To others, however, the story weaves subtle, yet deep political themes in its pages. Debated for many years, some literary experts insist there are influences of Populism and what they fought for. They see influences of the fight for the silver standard, the roads paved of gold in America, criticisms of industrialization, racial commentary, class differences, and feminism among many other important themes. While there are many compelling arguments for each side; deeming the Wizard of Oz a true Populist parable may be far-fetched.
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.
While we may wish for a wondrous world filled to the brim with magic and demons, it's when the creator can blend elements from our real world seamlessly into the fictional one that can help the story connect to the onlooker. Books and films have been using this writing technique for many years, but only over the last decade, have video games and their developers
The Ramayana is a myth poem written in Sanskrit by Valmiki, it belongs to the Hindu culture. The Indian culture is full of myths, and stories that carry lessons and experience from generation to another. Most of those myths are oral; however, this popular myth (Ramayana) has been written and documented, which is one of the reasons that make it sacred by the Hindu nation, and popular in the world of literature. The Ramayana consists of twenty four thousand verses in seven books, and five hundred cantos. It tells the story of Rama (The seventh avatar of the Hindu supreme god Vishnu) whose wife Sita was kidnapped by the king of Lanka (Current Sri Lanka) and his name was Ravana.
Several noteworthy evaluations of this novel have been made, but we do not seem to be any nearer the solution than when those two Englishwomen emerged from the darkness of the caves into the sunlight and chaos nearly a century ago. What do the caves signify? What do they, in fact, represent? The strangeness of the Marabar Caves themselves , their role and function, their effect upon the characters, and the placing of their entity, their significance or the lack of it in the total novel - these are some important questions to begin with. Since they are described as " extraordinary", having uncanny meanings, several problems arise, issuing from the caves ' existence, their role and their effect on the novel 's pattern and the way in which they modify or extend the fictional cosmos, the mood and the mind of characters.
Magic realism or magical realism is a genre where magic elements play a natural part in an otherwise mundane environment .Magic Realism is used in the novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold to show how usual occurrences seem mystical through the addition of illusory details. Although it is most commonly used as a literary genre, magic realism also applies to film and the visual arts . Marquez cleverly employs magic realism in his works (One Hundred Years of Solitude) to mix magic and reality so that the divergence between the two strikes out. This technique is utilized by Marquez through the addition of magical elements to humour, superstition, and dreams. Chronicle is defined as a factual written account of important events in the order of their occurrence .
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
It includes intertextuality which is common for postmodernist narrations and which lays in crossing of the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction. The story also includes elements of magic realism, which are skilfully inserted in the line of the the narration. The author, by applying of a simple trick of non-disclosure of full information about he characters, makes the reader to believe that characters of the story are endowed with supernatural powers, in particular the general, who seems to be able to travel through space and time, but in reality suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Due to these elements, tricks and the theme which is discussed in the story – the put into question of the truthfulness of the history writing – this piece of work is worth to be considered as one of the most significant creations of Taiwan
Mythology can be rendered in other credible ways as well and this is exactly what Amish Tripathi endeavours to do in his popular fiction. Tripathi demonstrates how myths can become raw material for popular consumption. He demonstrates how the incredibility of myths could be made credible. He infuses modern day science to explain the irrational. He depicts an ancient India fantastic yet realistic.
Stories are, to a degree, a fascinating monologue of the thoughts and creative processes of the most important and influential writers in history. Stories are intent on creating things that were never thought to be realistic or real, or thought to spread some undergoing message promoting a certain ideal. Stories, such as fairy tales, are very upholding of these ideals that make a story; being somewhat whimsical and arbitrarily innocuous. That is, if one is referencing entertainment giant Disney. However, those who have read and adore the original versions of the “traditional” versions tend to have less-than-desirable opinions on the stories at hand, which in such a case is all a matter of a perception as well as environment.