Latin American Literature and Narratives Gabriel García Márquez: Collected Stories Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon (148)Montiel’s Widow (158)Big Mama’s Funeral (197)A
Very Old Man with Enormous Wings(217)The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World (247)Death Constant Beyond Love(255)The
Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erèndira and Her Heartless Grandmother(283)
READER RESPONSE 4
Latin American Narratives
Instruction: Write a response paper to the prompt below. Page limit: 2 pages. Submit your paper as a file attachment to this dropbox.
Scott Simpkins explains that Magic realism as a technique “emphasizes the reality of Latin American culture as it is experienced by the writer and his people” and that it is impossible to draw the line between reality and fiction.
Within the context Simpkins’s definition, select ONE of the stories from García Márquez’ Collected Stories and examine closely a specific moment in the story that is representative of the author’s use of magic realism.
Choose a short passage
Contextualize the moment
Do a close reading / analysis of the excerpt you select