Solitude the Theme of Religion Thesis

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In order to fully understand the religious element in this novel one firstly has to understand the meaning and function of magical realism in the book. This novel explores the foundations of religion and religious experience in an unconventional way through the use of the technique of magical realism. This style reduces the distance that we normally expect between the supernatural and the natural. In other words, the book explores the religious not as a dimension that is outside or beyond the human, but rather an intimate and integral part of human life and experience.

Therefore, we can conclude that the way this novel explores the area of religion and the spiritual is decidedly unconventional. It could also be argued that the view of religion in this book is more 'primitive' or vital and older than the formal and conventional religions of the modern world.
This can be seen for example in the animistic universe that is created in the novel as well as other aspects that point to a understanding of religion that is based on the wonder and mystery of human experience, rather than on formal dogma or tradition. Bibliography "Acts of God." Foreign Policy Mar. 2001: 14. Johnson C. Religion in One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Lost Steps. November 21, 2009. 1998. Johnston I. On Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. November 20, 2009. Harvey, Graham. Animism: Respecting the Living World. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. Palencia-Roth, Michael. "Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Labyrinths of Love and History." World Literature Today 65.1 (1991): 54-58. Pelayo, Ruben. Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Critical Companion . Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2001. Spiller, Elizabeth A. "Searching for the Route of….....

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