For example, a study conducted by Watts (2006) entitled “The Secret World of Harry Potter” applies Nikolajeva’s Magic Law as its framework to discuss the role of magic in Harry Potter novel. This study finds that magic is used to construct the whole story by making limitations on how magic allowed to be used. Another study to mention is titled “Harry Potter and the Fundamentals of Fantasy” conducted by Martin (2007). This study discloses that the component that built the story of Harry Potter is the limited power of magic, similar to Watts’s finding. “Magic Laws and The Functions of Fantasy in A Fantasy Novel” is a study conducted by Amelis (2013).
Language is an effective tool used by Shakespeare to display the extent of Prospero’s power with regards to magic. His immense passion for the subject of sorcery is exemplified by “Knowing I lov’d my books, he furnish’d me from mine own library with volumes that I prize above my dukedom”. Shakespeare expresses the Duke’s attachment to his books by magnifying diction such as ‘library,’ ‘volumes’ and ‘dukedom’ to bring about a sense of largeness or numerousness. His obsession could originate from the fact that “for without them He’s but a sot”. Without his
Real-life books, mystics, writers and groups related to occultism and the esoteric were mentioned and made as a part of the story. In whole, the novel has been written with a specific audience in mind. Literary critics have described this novel as "Dan Brown for the thinking man". If Dan brown 's "The Da Vinci Code" is a Hollywood blockbuster, then Umberto Eco 's "Foucault 's Pendulum" is an art house indie film. There are a lot of occult information, and names related to occult, that anyone who has no in depth knowledge, or at least, an encyclopedia with them, will immediately get lost about the connections between events, details and quotations mentioned in the novel.
Magic Realism in Harry Potter Books The story about wizard with a scar of mysterious origin, growing up in a normal world and not knowing about the existence of magic or his real nature catched the attention of many. The Harry Potter series written by the British author J.K.Rowling mostly fall under the genre of fantasy. On the other hand, the Harry Potter story contains features of magic realism as well. What is the difference between the fantasy and magic realism? How is a magic realism reflected in the story?
This would imply that Mephastophilis has the overhand in this relationship, being able to do the magic that Faustus cannot. However, Faustus’s attitude makes it so that he constantly mocks and taunts Mephastophilis, making it seem as if Faustus is the dominant and overpowering entity in this relationship. Nevertheless, it is still Mephastophilis who has the overhand in the power relationship between him and Faustus. Doctor Faustus shows how being capable of using a given power can work out by opposing two characters, Mephastophilis and Faustus, and showcasing both ends of power usage; a power relationship in which one is capable of using his powers, and one is not. Throughout the play, we can see Faustus working incredible magic.
Conclusion The novel The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni justifies its title with reference to the notion of the research project. Juxtaposition of magic and reality is an interesting method of narrating an episode which otherwise is so common throughout the world. Events like sibling rivalries, public molestation of women, sacrifices by mothers and wives, battles and wars and so on has been known for centuries, but such events does not excite us as much as the text of Mahabharata does. Magical element in such stories adds the extraordinary touch of excitement. The referred novel brings the components of reality and magic in such a way that the complete story portrays a different dimension of understanding
Supernatural and Magic form a primary element of either plot, setting, theme or all three in the Fantasy genre. The strange and unreal is explained “by means of divine intervention, magic, or other supernatural forces.” The entire story might take place in a fantasy world, with distinct laws of nature that permit magic, wholly different from our own, as in the Harry Potter series. As opposed to the above genres, Marvelous realism now known as Magical Realism is marked by an acceptance of magic in the rational world. In the context of fables, myths and allegory it is often called Fabulism. Italian Massimo Bontempelli, said that “literature could be a means to create a collective consciousness by opening new mythical and magical perspectives on reality" “The Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier originated the term
The Great Gatsby understands the intricate struggle citizens possess with their desire for wonder and fantasy, particularly in American society. As Gatsby had with Daisy, fantasies for the future are a universal experience. The search for wonder and fantasy occasionally leads to the point of self-destruction, of which Joshua Rothman in his New Yorker article “The Serious Superficiality of The Great Gatsby” states is “most appealing about ‘Gatsby’; its mood of witty hopelessness, of vivacious self-destructiveness… This atmosphere of casual, defiant, disillusioned cool is the novel’s unique contribution to literature. It’s the reason the novel’s endured.” The Great Gatsby reflects Americans and the ultimate risks that will be held from their ideals. The novel serves as a cautionary tale of the costs of fantasy.
“A ‘fairy-story’ is one which touches on or uses Faerie, whatever its own main purpose may be: satire, adventure, morality, fantasy. Faerie itself may perhaps most nearly be translated by Magic — but it is magic of a peculiar mood and power, at the furthest pole from the vulgar devices of the laborious, scientific, magician. There is one provision: if there is any satire present in the tale, one thing must not be made fun of, the magic itself. That must in that story be taken seriously, neither laughed at nor explained away.” - J.R.R. Tolkien 's 1939 essay "On Fairy Stories" In the story ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ when the people of the village refused to pay the piper what they had promised for his services, he took all the children of the
Science fiction stories deal with science and technology of the future. Hence they are imaginary. It is essential to comprehend that science fiction has a very close association with the principles of science. These stories encompass to some extent fictitious or invented laws or theories of science. Science fiction is one of the varieties of fanciful literature that endeavors to interpret rational and realistic terms of future times and milieu that are have no link with the