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One Hundred Years of Solitude- Since the beginning of time man has clung to the notion that there exists some external force that determines his destiny In Grecian times the epic poet Hesoid wrote of a triumvirate of mythological Fates that supposedly gave to men at birth evil and good to have In other words these three granted man his destiny Clotho spun the thread of life Lacheis distributed the lots and Atropos with his abhorred shears would cut the thread at deathHamilton-43 All efforts to avoid the Fates were in vain In every case their sentence would eventually be delivered And it appears that once the Fates ballot had been cast the characters in Greek myths had no chance for redemption One must wonder if man like the Greeks portrayed has any real choice in determining how he lives That issue of choice arises when comparing Gabriel Marquezs One Hundred Years of Solitude and Yasunari Kawabatas Thousand Cranes The men in Yasunari Kawabatas Thousand Cranes and Gabriel Garcia Marquezs One Hundred Years of Solitude forever seem to be repeating the lives of their male ancestors These cycles reveal that man as a being just like the mythological heros has no true choice in the ultimate course his life will take The male characters personal development is overshadowed by the identity of their ancestors Clotho it appears has recycled some of her spinning thread The new male generations superficially are perceived to be woven of like design Kikuji Mitani and the male Buendias face communities that remember their ancestors As a result their unique communities inadvertently compare the actions of the sons to their respective fathers having recognized the apparent similarities Eclipsed by his fathers aura within his village Kikujis identity has no separate definition To most townsfolk
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