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One hundred Years of solitude The village Mocondo is founded by the fated cousins Ursula and Jose Arcadio Buendia who are escaping from the past In the beginning the village is truly happy pg 18 yet as children and then grandchildren come patterns become apparent The Buendia family blindly follows the mistakes of their ancestors forgetting their past living in and seeking solitude and never feeling true love JAB Jose Arcadia Buendia has dreams of infinite rooms pg 136 where he walks through the same room over and over but is never able to interpret this dream as a warning concerning the paths and choices of his family Melquiades the gypsy who befriends the family refers to the village as The city of mirrors one where the past is reflected again and again and no Buendias are able to create their own history Marquez used the repetition of life patterns of the Buendias to demonstrate how people who do not learn from the mistakes of the past are destined to repeat them The residents of Mocondo easily forget the past since it seems to be of no concern to them During the Utopian Era a forgotten past is what keeps the town in its innocent state JAB also has the tendency to easily forget about past failures He is an enterprising man with a creative spirit and unbridled imagination p11 which tends to get carried away When the gypsies come to Mocondo with magnets JAB never having been exposed to them before thinks that their power will expel gold from the bowels of the earth12 and buys them When his attempts fail he realizes the magnets are useless to him Yet when the gypsies return again later he continues to buy more inventions finally using up Ursulas inheritance Ursula is the practical character in the novel whose visions of the past give her insight to the continuing patterns and their ensuing disasters
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