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Analysis of So Far From God by Ana Castillo

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The influence of magical realism is ever so present in many of her imaginative fictional works and ‘So Far From God’ is no exception. In it, she tells of intimate details pertaining to different people. of their losses and loves as espoused in the narrative. Through the narrative, she uses magical realism that is focused on the examination of the lives of Mexican-American women eking out a living on the borders. Sofi and her family live at a crossroads between Mexican, Chicano and Spanish cultures that tremendously impact on their lives. The author clearly talks about the Chicano family bringing out issues about their identity and the challenges they passed through in their daily life activities (Castillo, 1993).
She, Sofi, while juggling between childcare and her small business, confronts both the unchanging traditions that pertain to birth, growth (lifetime) and loss (death) and the modern scientific and technological era to which she belongs. The constant competition between her and her neighbors, in the religious traditions of curanderismo, Catholicism, and folk-traditions. this pertaining to the Spiritual realm, was their comfort. From this, we can be able to perceive the notion pertaining to matters of the occult where a blend of the different religious identities resulted in a society that was deeply steeped in the world of magic.
The opening chapter of the narrative is exemplified by the death of Sofi’s youngest daughter, Loca. She is supposedly transported through hell, where she is able to view its details and then miraculously transferred back to earth where she regains life again. She returns to Tome, where she has frequent epileptic fits due to her experiencing much of the spiritual realm.