Analysis Of ' One Hundred Year Of Solitude ' By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

1884 Words Nov 15th, 2016 8 Pages
Fantastic Fates and Where to Find Them In writing One Hundred Year of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Márquez fuses political commentary, magic realism, and reflections on humanity through his creation of the fictional town Macondo. Despite killer ants, gorgeous women ascending to the heavens, and soothsayers, Márquez claims that “there’s not a single line in all [his] work that does not have a basis in reality” (Hamilton 1). If taken literally, Márquez may be referring to the inspiration overbearing banana company or Colombian political unrest gave to his novel. However, his work may be based more on underlying themes of the reality of humankind than specific events in his country of Colombia. He explores a wide range of concepts including incest, gender roles, and mental illness, but his most striking exploration concerns that of fate. Gabriel Garcia Márquez invalidates the concept of self-determination in his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude through the symbolic use of repeating motifs and character names to demonstrate the inevitability of fate. From the onset of the novel, the reader becomes aware of the supposed inevitability of a Buendía child born with a pig’s tail. The marriage of Ursula, the matriarch of the Buendía family throughout the majority of the novel, and José Arcadio Buendía, the founder of Macondo, “was predicted from the time they had come into the world” (Márquez 20). Unaware of the novel’s frequent divination of its own events, one could assume an…

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