Analysis Of ' The Time Of Cholera ' By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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In 1988, R.J. Sternberg published his Triangular Theory of Love. His model describes the various types of love that exist based on intimacy , passion, and commitment (Sternberg 233). At the center of the triangle, where all three components join, is what Sternberg called “consummate love.” Socially, consummate love is the ideal true love. However, many of the other types of love are mistaken as true love. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez deals with, as the title suggests, love. However, not all love in the novel is true love. Marquez fills the novel with marriages and affairs, but takes a clear stance on the idea of love. Love that is not consummate love will eventually end. The author uses companionate love, intimate love, and consummate love to express this idea. Even in marriage, companionate love will end in failure. Intimacy and commitment construct fatuous love - leaving out passion. Dr. Juvenal Urbino and Fermina Daza have been married for about fifty years; however, Fermina truly loves her past lover, Florentino Ariza. Since her father refuses to allow her to marry Florentino, she decides to marry Dr. Urbino. As they grow old, Dr. Urbino struggles to accomplish daily tasks like bathing or dressing himself. So, Fermina helps him bathe and get dressed. She does so with so much care, that she helps him put on his underwear “with as much love as if [the underwear] had been a diaper” (Marquez 25). Marquez uses a simile to compare Fermina’s behavior…

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