Please Sign Up to get full document. Find out more about magic Realism. Do you think this story employs elements of magic realism? Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of the most prolific writer of the twentieth century. Marquez adopts a distinctive narrative style in his writings which is popularly known as magic realism.

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The Omniscient Narrator describes the world of the story, describes the character and tells us what is going on inside them--what they are thinking and feeling. The Narrator also makes direct comments about the characters. In truth, Jose Montiel was not as rich as he seemed, but he would have been capable of doing anything to become so. Large sections of the story are told in dialogue between the characters.

Plot Balthazar makes "the most beautiful cage in the world" for Pepe Montiel. Balthazar gives the cage as a gift to Pepe, which outrages the father who has no control over the gift.

The villagers see B. Baltazar has become a hero and gets drunk and ends up being robbed in the street at the end of his "marvelous afternoon. The world is that of the simple village craftsman who has been making cages all his life as well as doing carpentry work. The worker, B, goes to the home of the rich man. Not comfortable in that world.

The conflict is between the worlds of the worker and the rich. Characters Balthazar is the central character. His act is spontaneous and not premediated. He is a innocent, but not simple or naive.

The act of giving away "the most beautiful cage in the world" frees him from the power of the rich man. So he celebrates his marvelous afternoon. Octavio Giraldo. He has the most lyrical lines. Jose Montiel. Montiel has the power of money and refuses to buy the cage. But B. Symbolizes the work of art. The cage evokes astonishment and pleasure in all who see it, except for the rich man.

As the Dr. His money has no power over the artist, who gives his art away. Use value trumps exchange value.


Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon

Post Views: 4, Under Construction In truth, Jose Montiel was not as rich as he seemed, but he would have been capable of doing anything to become so. The clamor of many voices surprised her there. Then she opened the door to the living room and found a crowd in front of the house, and Balthazar with the cage in the middle of the crowd, dressed in white, freshly shaved, with that expression of decorous candor with which the poor approach the houses of the wealthy. On different occasions, because of his skill and forthright way of dealing, he had been called in to do minor carpentry jobs.


Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon by Gabriel García Márquez

Balthazar is a poor man who dislikes rich people. A life that may be driven by money and a life that is alien to Balthazar. This may be important as Balthazar has shown that he is a generous man even though he can ill afford to give his work away for free. How generous Balthazar may be is also noticeable by the fact that he buys those in the pool hall drinks. Again when he does not really have the money to do so. There is also a sense that Balthazar is in conflict with himself.

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