Magic: When Can We Believe In It?
After Mr Buttoo insults Haroun’s idea and claims that everything was just a “freak weather condition,” Haroun quietly keeps to himself because “He knew what he knew: that the real world was full of magic, so magical worlds could easily be real” (Rushdie 50).
Haroun is at a delicate age where he is not yet an adult but he is not a child anymore. His maturity has been evident during the novel; yet, he has a sense of playfulness because he still believes in magic. Mr Buttoo, on the other hand, dismisses Haroun’s ideas of magic by answering the situation with a fact of science. There is no magic, to him. There is only logic.
At what age do we stop believing in magic? When do the truths of reality pop the bubbles and fantasies of childhood imagination?
With maturity comes a new sense of reality; and this reality has twisted adults into believing that magic is nothing. Adults tend to be smarter than children when it comes to stone-cold facts; but children are sometime smarter because they know how to believe in the impossible, especially in hard times.
In a time where lay-offs and firings are a reality that many have had to face, the homeless rates have started to increase. Statistically, it would almost be impossible for all of these people to get jobs and to have homelessness be abolished. Yet, magic and hope helps many get through their days. The magic of love, hope, and happiness fuels people who have been struck with disaster. In our upper-middle class “bubble,” we do not understand what it is like to have everything taken from us. The threat is plausible, but not as likely. For those less fortunate, though, these threats have become realities. And in those times, magic is the only thing to cling onto.
Proposition: The older we get, we obtain a better grasp of reality; yet, until it is all we have, we loose our ability to see the true magic in our world.