How Significant Is the Role of the Supernatural in the Books Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Thousand Cranes?

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How significant is the role of the supernatural in the books Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Thousand Cranes?

The supernatural is very significant in the books Chronicle of a Death Foretold and The Things They Carried and can be seen through many ways as each story is presented. This is important because it helps us understand what supernaturalism is in general, so that we can fully understand the roles of it in the two novels Chronicle of a Death Foretold and The Things They Carried. In Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, supernaturalism can be seen by the characters telling their stories of how they dealt with the war and what they did after the war was over.

Supernaturalism is defined as “relating to an other of existence beyond, the visible observable universe.” This basically states that there is life beyond what we can see or believe. The sixth sense can be described as “a perception which allows people to predict events or pick up on subtle cues which other miss.” “People also sometimes describe extra-sensory perception (ESP) as a sixth sense, stressing the idea that the sixth sense is paranormal in nature.” This is mostly what is believed as true because there are three main groups when it comes to deciphering what supernaturalism consists of. Nature is one of them, but it is found at the bottom of the chain, followed by man on top, and then God as the supreme being. When speaking in religious terms, God is found to be a supernatural force because it cannot be seen by the human eye. The fact that there are many “God preformed miracles”, as well give God an other place in the supernaturalism world. One aspect of the supernatural that is the most common even nowadays is obtaining or inheriting the sixth sense. The sixth sense is basically being able to see objects that are out of limit from the human eye such as ghosts and spirits. Fortune telling or being able to foreshadow the future from a crystal ball, hand signs, or dreams play a big role...