May 16th, 2009 by rolanda170
I actually really enjoy the genre of Magical Realism. I was first exposed to it as a high school junior, when I read some Marquez for my Spanish class. I loved the way my teacher explained a good way to read it. You need to just clear your mind of what is “normal” and just pretend that whatever occurs is just an everyday thing. Do not think that it couldn’t happen or that it’s impossible; when you do this, reading becomes a surreal experience. I tend to be very visual so when reading this story I almost had a movie of the story running in my head. This genre allows one to escape from the everyday and it is truly and interesting experience.
The grandmother in this story is really frustrating to me. I think because I find it very difficult to comprehend her selfishness. She treats her own flesh and blood with such disrespect and uses her for her own benefit but at the same time, she sometimes has concern for her well being, but I believe that this is most likely because if something were to happen to Erendira, it would be extremely detrimental to her own well being. In a sense, she reminds me of those “stage moms”, as in mothers of child stars or child beauty pagent contestants. I think that these people are a little bit sick. While some of them really do nurture their children’s talents, I think that most of them are doing it to exploit their children for their own benefit. Additionally, these children rarely turn out normal because they do not get the chance to grow up. It is ultimately very bad for the children. I find this fairly disgusting. The relationship these parents have with their children end up suffereing a great deal. It probably won’t be as drastic as their children trying to poison them and having their lover kill them but, it is detrimental all the same.
When Ulises was trying to “slay” the grandmother, I could not help but think of Rasputin (Romanov adviser). They tried so many ways of killing him but still wouldn’t die. He ends up drowning, after being shot, poisoned, stabbed, etc. Erendira and Ulises tried so many things to try and kill to old woman and she just wouldn’t die. Just as people thought that Rasputin was of another world, we contemplated if she was not of this world as well.