What role does the technique of magical realism play in Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children?

Why does Rushdie choose to use this technique? Provide some specific examples of how this serves the purpose

: Choose ONE of the following questions to answer. Be sure to indicate which question you are answering. For each of these questions you need to articulate a clear argument based on the question and use evidence from any of the texts we have studied to support your argument.

a. What role does the technique of magical realism play in Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children? Why does Rushdie choose to use this technique? Provide some specific examples of how this serves the purpose of the novel.

b. Using at least two works we have studied, describe how they demonstrate some of the key features of modernism. Make sure to give specific examples that illustrate at least two modernist characteristics.

c. Take up the problem of the ending of Jane Eyre. Why does Jane return to Rochester? Why is she able to marry him at the end, but cannot stay with him earlier? What does the ending say about the roles available for women in Victorian culture and what Brontë might think about these roles?

Texts

Oroonoko, Addison and Steele, Female Tatler, Background on periodical culture,
Selections from Swift, “Voyage to Lilliput” andPope

Excerpts from Equiano (Read Chpts. 2,3,7, 10),John Wesley (Pgs. 92-99) , Phillis Wheatley,Hannah More, Wollstonecraft, The Vindication,Introduction and Chpts. 1-3.

Selections from Blake,(Here is a “cheat sheet”that helps explain some of Blake’s characters), Hannah More, Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth (Read: Female Vagrant, Goody Blake, Simon Lee, Lines Written in Early Spring, The Thorn, Last of the Flock, Mad Mother, Idiot Boy, and Tintern Abbey),Coleridge,

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