Realism In Wrecker's The Golem And The Jinn

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By incorporating realism into literature, authors can put together a story that readers can generally relate to. However, in novels such as, The Golem and the Jinni, author Helene Wrecker strays from a realist perspective by including magical creatures and spells that make the story more imaginative. Unfortunately, when authors decide to write a novel that is less realistic than a book such as a war novel like veteran Kevin Power’s, The Yellow Birds, they can be difficult to relate to and harder to follow. The situations in The Golem and the Jinni, are unlike anything that could ever happen in real life. From an Arabic mythical jinni by the name of Ahmad to Chava, a human like figure made out of clay, Wrecker did her best to write a story…show more content…
In Kevin Power’s novel, The Yellow Birds, he writes the entire story from a realist perspective by including aspects of life that individuals are familiar with. While not all readers have found themselves walking thru an Iraqi warzone hunting for insurgents, these are activities that occur in real life and many can put themselves in the shoes of the characters. Even if readers can not find a common ground with the characters by means of their occupation, they certainly will be able to relate to their mindset throughout the story. If an author includes magical creatures in their book, it can be much harder for a reader to connect with those characters because they don’t necessarily think like humans do. By including elements of a story that are relatable to the real world, it can be much easier for a reader to connect with the author’s…show more content…
By reading a story where readers can see characters engaging in activities they themselves do, authors will be more successful in connecting with their audiences. One of the many sad aspects that accompanies war is the tragedy of violence and death. In a novel like The Yellow Birds, Power’s does an excellent job of conveying the emotions of Private John Bartle after finding the brutally mutilated body of a fellow private in the Army who had been a close friend of his (Powers 204). While not everyone who reads this book might have joined the Army or fought in a war, the majority of individuals can relate to the feelings of loosing someone close to

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