"And of Clay We are Created" by Isabel Allende.

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Perla Barraza

World Literature 2nd pd

And of Clay We Are Created

Magical realism is reality mixed with a touch of non-reality. This makes Isabel Allende's stories interesting and unique. Magical realism consists of many characteristics of which are identified in "And of Clay We Are Created."

Although some might not consider one of Isabel Allende's stories "And of Clay We Are Created" to be a magical realism story, many factors prove that it is. The story is not always limited to one plot. There is also confusion with clarity. Most importantly, "And of Clay We Are Created" uncovers the mystery in life and in human acts. These characteristics are just some of the many that Isabel Allende uses in the story to construct the magical realism.

The plots in "And of Clay We Are Created" often revolve around issues of borders, mixing, and change. The beginning of the story describes Azucena's situation.

The following paragraph is a description of how the volcano erupted. The plot switches from Azucena surrounded by clay, to the volcano eruption and to the narrator watching the television screen. The time is displayed as circular, not linear. The story changes its time period when Rolfe reminisces about his past.

The narrator, Rolfe's girlfriend expresses and states the thoughts and feelings Rolfe and Azucena very accurately. She states every detail that occurs at the place where Azucena and Rolfe are at as if she were there. According to the narrator, the feelings that Azucena and Rolfe express are unexplainable in words. Rolfe has feelings that he cannot describe to Azucena. The narrator is watching the events through a television screen, therefore making it impossible for her to describe Rolfe's and Azucena's emotions. Te fact that the narrator described their feelings is unquestioning fusion of...