Magical realism was firstintroduced in the 1940’s by a Cuban novelist named Alejo Carpentier(britannica.com). Even though this genre was first recognized in the 1940’s itwas known that it had been used before, just without record of it.
Magicalrealism also known as magic realism is defined as “a literary movementassociated with a style of writing or technique that incorporates magical orsupernatural events into realistic narrative without questioning theimprobability of these events” (encyclopedia.com). This genre has more recentlybeen being used in books and films. Although magical realism is a combinationof real and magical events, the fantasy part is never questioned.
The People of Paper is magical realism. Thefirst way in which The People of Paperis magical realism is through the magical events that exist. Within the bookmany magical events happen that the characters just see as normal.
Whether themagical events occur once or a hundred times the genre can still be consideredmagical realism. In The People of Paper,and any other book that happens to be magical realism, the fantasy part of thebook goes unnoticed or unexplained. According to michellewittebooks.
com “Statedanother way, marvelous events are presented as normal, run-of-the-mill,everyday things happening to ordinary, everyday people. These are stories ofpeople just like us going about the things we do every day—but with theaddition of a slight hint of magic running along the edges.That might sound like other genres,such as Fantasy, but what makes Magical Realism truly different is that thesemagical elements are presented as just as normal to characters in these storiesas snow is to someone who comes from a cold-weather clime” (Michelle Witte).
Inthe beginning of The People of Paper a man makes organs that are made out ofpaper. These paper organs work as functioning real ones should. Eventually,this man makes a whole person that is completely made from just paper.
Later inthe story she gets named Merced de papel by the character Little Merced. Peopledidn’t really see her as being any different than any other person that was portrayedin the book.The second way inwhich The People of Paper is magicalrealism is through the realistic events that occur.
In this genre, a mix ofreal and magical events occur. However, it is mainly set in a realistic settingwith only parts that show magical events. Anything that is relatable, occurs ineveryday life and or is set in an actual place is partially the reason whyeverything seems so normal at first.
There are many realistic events that go onin the book. Quote. For example, Federico de la Fe and Little Merced travel ina bus to the state of California from Mexico.
Federico wanted to get out of thetown they were living in to go explore California. Federico wanted to get outof the town they were living in to go explore California.