The Time Of Cholera By Gabriel Garcia Marquez Essay
6 November, 2016
Professor Wozniak & Walcott Fear of Aging Fear is a driving force that makes us take action whether we want to or not. We fear growing old because old age is the best indicator that reminds us that time is forever fleeting and there is no way to stop it. The novel Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, explores this theme of aging via the characters Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. Realizing that we are aging just like everyone else is humbling. It reminds us that we are not in our prime anymore. We then start to question if all the time that is gone was well spent. As the characters reminisce about their youth, they demonstrate a fear of aging due to deprivation of indignity and the regret that comes with aging.
There comes a time in our lives where we realize that time is fleeting. In the novel, we see that Florentino becomes aware of his old age when he was recounting his memories of how he had gotten to where he was today. In the novel, Florentino thinks to himself, "and only then did he realize that his life was passing. He was shaken by a visceral shudder that left his mind blank, and he had to drop the garden tools and lean against the cemetery wall so that the first blow of old age…