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Solitude Whether it is by force or by ones own will everyone experiences the loneliness and therapeutic essence of solitude In Gabriel Garcia Marquezs One Hundred Years of Solitude each character experiences some form of isolation throughout their life In most of the characters cases after their period of solitude that character exudes some sort of rebirth or even a cleansing from the cause for the solitude This cleansing allows the character to move on with their life Aside from what solitude does for the characters the town of Macondo is not only founded in its solitary period but is forgotten in its solitary period as well Marquez is saying that in one point in time solitude is experienced Because of this the reasoning behind Marquezs naming of the book One Hundred Years of Solitude is the fact that through the course of the citizens of Macondo lives each member encounters a period of seclusion complying of one hundred years through the generat ions In Marquezs One Hundred Years of Solitude the idea of isolation is at hand in everyones life and it has to be experienced one time or another From the founder of Macondo and the existence of the Buendia name striving there to the last human Buendia boy born and the death of Macondo everyone in those six generations goes through an episode of solitude For some it may be the death of a loved one the disappearance of a child the frustration of understanding the worlds evolution unattainable love an overwhelming amount of guilt or the destruction of ones life because of power and pride Out of all the people in Macondo the person whose solitary moment that sticks out the most would have to be Rebecas From the day she arrived at the Buendia house she was already in a period of solitude with her parents bones in one hand and her thumb in her mouth with the other
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