Essays /

Nostalgia For Mysticism Catholicism In Latin Essay

Essay preview

Arianne Thomas
Professor Jessica Clark
Research & Documentation
28 November 2012
Nostalgia for Mysticism: Catholicism in Latin America & Magical Realism One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells the story of the town of Macondo, sticky with nostalgia, and the Buendia family who lived out those very years of solitude. Gabo’s work is written in a style known as magical realism, in which elements of the magical and the mundane are interwoven seamlessly, making it impossible to determine where reality ends and the extraordinary begins. The story is set in an otherwise ordinary world, with familiar historical and cultural realities, although events which occur are not always explained by universal laws or familiar logic. The story was originally written in Spanish, and has since been translated into thirty-seven languages. However, as any origins or bloodlines are important- it is equally as important to note that the birthplace of this masterpiece is Latin America. Much of the magical and resonant elements come to a climax at the end of the book. As the last chapters surge into our hearts, we are presented with the line that both summarizes the story itself, and the extraordinary magic and mysticism that is artfully omnipresent within its pages. In reference to the Buendia legacy it reads, “The first of the line is tied to a tree and the last is being eaten by ants.” (Marquez) At the moment we read this, we realize that Aureliano Babilonia’s son, who is bloated and still damp with the dew of birth, is being carried away by all the ants in the world. Aureliano Babilonia, the last remaining Buendia’s, is reading the manuscript of the gypsy, Melquiades, the most significant character in the novel outside of the Buendia family, who wrote the prophecy of the family one hundred years before in Sanskrit, his mother tongue. He leads us to the demise of Macondo, as it blows away in torrents of dust and whirlwinds of longing, and as the novel comes to a close we read, Before reaching the final line, however, he had already understood that he would never leave that room, for it was foreseen that the city of mirrors (or mirages) would be wiped out by the wind and exiled from the memory of men at the precise moment when Aureliano Babilonia would finish deciphering the parchments, and that everything written on them was unrepeatable since time immemorial and forever more, because races condemned to one hundred years of solitude did not have a second opportunity on earth (Marquez).

The novel plays with our sensibilities however it is not fantasy. It is something entirely different, because it was born from the womb of a culture that is comfortable with the mythical and the conventionally unbelievable. Magical Realism could not have been born from any other mother, than the slippery Spanish speaking, and catholic mother of Latin America: a women who wishes on saints and casts spel...

Read more

Keywords

/hispanic-religion.html>. /media/documents/s4b/sem03.html>. 08 169 1970 1982 1999 2 2002 2010 2012 26 27 28 3 79 abnorm abund accept accord account accustom acquir action activ addit adher alchemi alight allah allow alreadi also although alway america american among analyz anim anoth answer ant anthropologist antonio appear applic arab arbitrari arcadio arguabl ariann art artist ask aspect assert assign assimil associ attribut aureliano awaken award away aztec b babilonia back background basi be beauti becom beggar begin beginn belief believ better birth birthplac bloat block blood bloodlin blow blur book born british brought buendia built candl cannot capabl caribbean carpent carpet carri case cast categori cathol catholic celebr center ceremoni certain chandler chapter charact character child church cipher cite citi clark clear climax close code coffin collid colombian come comfort commemor common commonplac compact complex condemn conduct conglomer conquest consid construct context contextu continu convent convers could countless countri cover creat creation creativ creatur crucial crux cultur cure cushion custom daili damp danasi danesi daniel dash dead death decemb deciph deepest defin definit demis deriv describ determin develop devot dew differ dio document door dot dri due duke durham dust ear earth eaten ebb ebook eduardo edward element emphas emphasi end enfold entir equal equat essay european even event everi everyday everyth exampl exil exist experienc explain explor express extens extraordinari face facet fact fall famili familiar fantasi fantast fell festiv fiction fiesta final find finish first flow flower foreseen forev form fortun foucault found foundat frame framework frederick frequent friend front full funer futur gabo gabriel garcia genr geograph given god grant gregori grossberg gypsi habit handbook hard harper harrer heart help hispan histor histori home honor hope howev human hundr i.e ident ideolog ill imagin immemori immens immort impact impli implic import imposs inanim includ indiana indigen inevit insati instanc instant interwoven intric introduc introduct iron jack jessica john jose knowledg known lack laid languag las last later latin latino law lawrenc lead leav led legaci life lifeless light like line linguist liter literari literatur littl live logic lone long look love macondo mad made magic make mani manifest manuscript marcel mari marquez masterpiec matter may maya mean measur meld melquiad member memori men met metaphor michel miracl mirag mirror mission moment moral morn mors mother much multipl mundan musician must mystic mythic mytholog n.d n.p name near necessarili needn never new night nobel norm normal nostalg nostalgia nostril note nourish nov novel novemb nyu occur occurr often ojala omnipres one oneself onlin opportun order ordinari origin otherwis outdoor outsid page paper paradigm parchment pass patron patronal peopl perpetu person pertin pilgrimag pinnacl place play poet poignant point portugues possibl potenc practic pray prayer precis predomin present press prime print prize problem process professor propheci prophes prophet push put question quier quit rabassa race rain rake reach read real realism realiti realiz recit recount refer reflect region regul reific reinforc relationship religi religion remain render repres represent research resembl reson resound restrepo rhetor rich rock role roof room root rove saint san sanskrit saw say scene schwaller scienc scoundrel seamless second see seek semiot semiotician sens sensibl separ serv set seven shape shook short shout shovel si sign signifi signific silent simpli simplist simultan sinc singl sky sleepi slept slipperi smother social societi solid solitud solomon someth son sorrow sort soul sourc space spanish speak speech spell sphere spiritu spur stage statu sticki still stockholm stori storm street studi style subordin sum summar summat supernatur surg sweden symbiot symbol take tale talk tangibl tell tens term therefor thing thirti thirty-seven thoma throughout tie time tini tongu torrent town trace tradit tran transcultur translat transport tree truli truth turn tylor type ubiqu unbeliev unbridl understand understood uniqu univers unrepeat upon us use various view virgin vital voodoo wake want warrior way web went whether whirlwind whole whose wide will wind window wipe wish within without womb women word work world would written wrote wrought www.aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/media/documents/s4b/sem03.html>. www.hispanic-culture-online.com www.hispanic-culture-online.com/hispanic-religion.html>. year yellow york