Magical realism blends the normalcy and logical of a realistic story with ideas of wonder and mysticism. Though magical and fascinating, the elements of the writing style are spit out in a blunt and straight-forward manner.
The men who carried him to the nearest house noticed that he weighed . . . almost as much as a horse, and they said to each other that maybe he'd been floating to long and and the water had got into his bones.
Throughout the short story is is made ever clear that the village has never been enthralled or enthused about much. That is changed by the appearance of the dead man; the dead man adds beauty, happiness, and love to the estranged fishing village.
[W]here the wind is so peaceful that now that it's gone to sleep beneath the beds, over there, where the sun's so bright that the sunflowers don't know which way to turn, yes, that's Esteban's village.
Sirens are referenced during the man's funeral. Though not literally sirens, the villagers crying was comparable; they assumed that the sobbing would be able to attract many from afar to visit for Esteban. The supposed volume of the tears also gives insight into the feelings of the villagers--they were distraught about the lose of the dead man.
At the final moment it pained them to return him to the waters as an orphan and they chose a father and mother from among the best people, aunts and and uncles and cousin, so that through him all the inhabitants of the village became kinsmen. Some sailors who heard the weeping from a distance went off course and ancient fables about siren.
Is it feasible that a group of people would react the same way in today's society?
Do you think the drowned man will make a return to the village, why or why not?
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