scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 888
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez chronicles the rise and fall of the Buendia family in the fabled town of Macondo Over the span of a century Macondo and the Buendias faced many triumphs and tragedies that lead to their downfall The patriarch Jose Arcadio Buendia founded the town of Macondo while escaping a violent past However unknowingly he brought his anguish violence and personal despair to the town Through the generations Garcia creates a world of solitude fantasy sex and discovery for Buendia family Solitude is a major theme in the novel Examples of solitude can be seen within two of Marquezs characters Jose Arcadio and Colonel Aureliano and the setting When we first meet Jose Arcadio Buendia he is escaping his past and seeking refuge He seeks solitude after locking himself in a room studying alchemy upon meeting Melquiades the gypsy Towards the end of his life Jose Arcadios decline in mental health distorts his reality and places him into a life of further solitude and fantasy Another one of Marquezs characters that experiences solitude is the Colonel Aureliano Buendia After a war and a failed suicide attempt the Colonel like his father locks himself up in a room Not for scientific study but for making golden miniature fish Aureliano dies in solitude under the same tree where his was once tied to years before Lastly Macondo is a town of solitude Its geographical location is removed from other civilization However the solitude was broken when they discovered a route to civilization Ironically the loss of solitude only brought more despair to the town Marquezs theme of fantasy vs reality is intertwined throughout the novel Some of Marquezs characters seem to possess fantastic or magical power which leads the reader to debate whether they are true or exaggerations Examples of these occurrences are voodoo magic by Fernanda the capture of a winged monster and the prophecies made by characters
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA